Despite its name, the Great Pyramid of Giza is apparently not the greatest pyramid on Earth. As a matter of fact, there are several other pyramids much greater than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The largest pyramid known until today is the Great Pyramid of Cholula. Not only is the Pyramid of Cholula the greatest pyramid, but it is known to be the largest and oldest monument ever built! Its name is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest pyramid and monument till date. Its base is 4 times bigger than the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is compared to nine Olympic-sized swimming pools!


It was located in the modern-day city of Pueblo in Mexico and was discovered in 1910. Originally, it was situated near the capital city of Ancient Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan. In fact, the locals have named it “Tlachihualtepetl”. It means ‘Man-made mountain’. It is 450 meters wide and 66 meters tall. One legend says it was built by giants.

It is so large that it confused researchers for who could have made such a huge structure. It was hidden from sight because it is located inside a mountain. Some Spanish soldiers led by Herman Cortes built a church on top of it when they conquered Central America. They had no idea that they were building a church on top of the largest construction of humans. The church is still present and is called “Nuestra Senora de los Remedios” meaning “Virgin of the Remedies“. Archaeologists wanted to remove the church so that they can study the pyramid and can dig through the hill to bring the pyramid in sight. But the sanctity of the Holy Church was preserved and the request was denied.

Since the Spanish conquered Central America in 1519 and built the church in 1594, the presence of the church on top of the Pyramid of Cholula indicates that it is quite old. Although its exact age cannot be known, researchers and archaeologists say that by the time the Spanish had built the church on top of it, the pyramid was already thousands of years old. That’s why it was covered in grass, tress and deep layers of soil when they discovered it.

Another interesting fact that will for sure amaze you is that the Great Pyramid of Cholula is not just a pyramid. It is a structure that consists of six structures built on top of each other.


The hidden state: The Pyramid of Cholula was so sacred and important to the ancient Cholula people that, in order to protect it and hide it from the Spanish explorers, they covered it in soil.

Why six different structures in one pyramid: There are many assumptions for this one. Some researchers say that it was not so big initially. Since it is so old, they believe that different civilizations settled in this region, as migration was a constant situation at that time. All of them gave some of its culture to it and improvised with it; they kept building and adding more to it and increased its size.

David Carballo, an archaeologist at the Boston University in Massachusetts, also found many cultures in the structure. His exact words are, “It appears to have been multi-ethnic, with a great deal of migration.” The second assumption is not an assumption but rather something written in the legends. The legends say that massive giant beings built the Great Pyramid of Cholula.


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