For instance, the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, located in what is now Mexico, contains a stepped pyramid
temple honoring a feathered serpent god named Kukulkan.
Mexico's Chichen Itza is, for example, not just a stepped pyramid
, but a whole city.
This seven-story stepped pyramid
was modeled on one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, possessing a fascinating history dating back to the ancient Greeks.
It is not clear whether the original building was actually a "tower," an English translation of the Hebrew term, or was a "ziggurat," a stepped pyramid
that was common at the time.
Located some 475 miles (750 kilometers) north of Lima, the newfound tomb was found at the base of Huaca el Pueblo, a mud-brick, stepped pyramid
that has eroded into a high, round mound.
From a distance, the structure appears similar to ancient Egyptian pyramids, but as you move closer, it is a square- based stepped pyramid
between 75 and 80 feet tall with square terraces and staircases up each of the four sides to the top of the temple.
For inspiration they look to the archetypal ziggurat, a stepped pyramid
form that recurs in cultures across the globe (thus belonging to none exclusively)--transforming it into an irregular zigzag of linear volumes wrapped in a crystalline glass skin.
Built in 1989 as the headquarters for Morgan Bank, the tower contributed one of the most memorable Downtown rooflines in recent years--a stepped pyramid
that hearkens back to such New York greats as neighboring 40 Wall and the original Bankers Trust Building at 14 Wall, which used the crown as logo for years.
Afterward, the mummy will be displayed at Saqqara's museum of Imhotep, the famed architect who designed the Stepped Pyramid
- Egypt's oldest.
You heard quite a lot about Egypt in first year architectural history: pylons, hypostyle halls, papyrus and lotus paradigms and of course the Stepped Pyramid
of Zoser, and that bent one where they got the point seriously wrong.
And the incredible stepped pyramid
of the spire is a reconstruction of the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus.
Contemporary uses of the triangular-interdependent system include the Biosphere II, which has a stepped pyramid
as one of its primary shapes, the pyramid entrance to the Pompidou Art Center in Paris, the Geodesic "golf ball" Epcot Center at Disney World, and the Superdome in Dallas.