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The Ancient Egyptian Pyramids are the best known, but this style of building has also been used in modern times.

Fuller's tomb "Mad Jack" , Brightling, UK
Jack Fuller (1757-1834), an eccentric landowner and Member of Parliament, had his own 8m Pyramid tomb built in 1811. There is a legend that his body is seated inside, wearing a top hat.

Louvre Museum Pyramid, Paris, France
The Chinese-born American architect I.M.Pei designed the 22m glass pyramid which was built in 1989 as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Concord, USA
Christa McAuliffe was killed in the 'Challenger' space shuttle disaster. The Pyramid-shaped planetarium named after her opened in 1990.

Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA
This hotel was opened in 1933 at a cost of $375 million. It is 107m tall and its entrance is guarded by a sphinx that shoots laser beams from its eyes.

Rainforest Pyramid, Galveston, Texas, USA
This 38m tall pyramid was completed in 1993 and houses one of the world's largest indoor rainforests.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, USA
The museum, designed by I.M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Pyramid, opened in 1998.

Obelisks and columns:
Obelisks are stone columns that were made in Ancient Egypt almost 400 years ago. Some were taken away as trophies by invading armies and are now in cities such as Rome, London, New York, Instanbul and Paris. More recently, people have built memorials based on the design of Obelisks.

  • The Wellington Monument in Dublin, Ireland is a stone obelisk made to celebrate the victories of the Duke of Wellington. It was completed in 1861 and is Europe's tallest obelisk at 63m.
  • The monument in London commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was built in 1667 and is 62m tall.
  • The tallest Egyptian obelisk is in the Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, Italy. It measures 32m. The tallest still in Egypt is in Karnak and is 30m tall. The Ancient Egyptian obelisk in New York is 22m and the London obelisk, Cleopatra'a Needle, is 21m.
  • A column commemorating the battle of San Jacinto (1836) near Houston, Texas, USA is the world's tallest monument at 174m. It was completed in 1939.
  • Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square, London was completed in 1842 to celebrate Britain's great naval commander. The column is 44m high and has a 5m statue of Nelson on top.
  • The Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA was completed in 1884. It is 169m tall made of 36,941 stone blocks on iron frame and weighs 82,421 tonnes. It was the world's tallest structure for five years until it was overtaken by the Eiffel Tower in 1889.


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