Did you know that Algeria has pyramids, and Cleopatra is the reason behind them?
Many think that pyramids were only built in Egypt, however, there are pyramids in other countries such as in Algeria.
Algerian Culture Minister Azzeddine Mihoubi recently announced that pyramids were discovered in the Tiaret province, 280 kilometers west of the capital.
He added that the relevant authorities will maintain the pyramids and promote them for tourism purposes.
Following this announcement, many researchers said there are dozens of pyramids and royal shrines.
Mihoubi once wrote an article about the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania explaining its cultural significance and how it is linked to Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt.
“Cleopatra Selene’s condition before marrying King Juba of Numidia was to make Egypt’s rituals available where she was. Therefore, she wanted the water of the Nile and pyramids present in Algeria, which was known as Numidia at the time,” Mihoubi wrote.
“King Juba met his beloved’s demands. He made Wad Mazafran in Algeria look like the Nile by decorating it with the same trees and docking the same ships. Pharaonic rites were held at her castle thus everything in Cherchell resembled her home in Egypt,” he added.
According to Mihoubi, when Cleopatra Selene died, he built her a massive pyramid as big as the Giza pyramids. The pyramid however was circular in shape and this was Juba’s desire as he wanted to distinguish his legacy from Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.
The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania was thus built as a tomb for Cleopatra Selene.