The Azores islands of Portugal are found in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, and are suggested to be remnants of the ancient lost continent of Atlantis.1 The nine islands of this archipelago are dotted with various pre-historic structures, similar in style to many others found all around the world — including various stone chambers, hypogea-like structures, megalithic stone walls and gateways, etc.,2 and lots of stepped pyramids.
Pico Island in particular features over 140 pyramids, particularly concentrated in the Madalena area of the island. Some of these pyramids are 13 meters tall.3 Most are oriented southeast / northwest, in an alignment with the Island’s volcano and the sunset on summer solstice day.4
Many are in a state of disrepair today due to earthquakes and human activity, but in their core structure and alignments these pyramids are considered analogous to several other pyramid sites around the world (more on this later).5
Some of the pyramids have inner chambers, steps, and ceremonial square areas.6 Additionally, according to Félix Rodrigues, professor of the University of the Azores, underground tunnels connect these pyramids, although some of the tunnels are now ruined.7 Interestingly, tunnels can be found underneath pyramid structures all over the world, for example in Teotihuacan in Mexico, the great pyramids of Egypt, in Bosnia, etc.
The Azores were reported as uninhabited when in most recent history Portuguese explorers reached the area in the 15th century. Archeological findings indicate that the islands were visited and inhabited in earlier periods, and possibly by various civilizations over time.8 9 10 For example, in a report from the Portuguese Association for Archaeological Investigation, researchers Nuno Ribeiro, Anabela Joaquinito, and Sergio Pereira discuss plentiful evidence indicating the presence of late Bronze Age and Iron Age Mediterranean cultures (such as the Carthaginians / Phoenicians, Etruscans, Dacians, etc.) on these islands in antiquity.11 12
While it is unclear at this stage exactly who built the pyramids and megalithic structures on these islands, the pyramids themselves are believed to pre-date the arrival of the Portuguese by at least several thousand years, and according to professor Rodriguez they may even be older than the Bronze Age.13
In the short video below more examples of these pyramids and one of the stone chambers in the Azores can be seen, starting at 32 seconds into the video. (Note: this video is in French. An English version can be viewed here):
Similar Stepped Pyramids Elsewhere
The islands of Pico in the Azores (Portugal), Mauritius (Indian Ocean), Tenerife in the Canary Islands (Spain), and Sicily (Italy) all have something extraordinary in common: the existence of remarkably similar ancient stepped pyramids that are aligned to the sun.
These pyramids are all constructed from smaller stones. Related structures of closely similar design also exist elsewhere (in places like Korea and Austria, for example).
Although all these pyramids are found in different parts of the world, belonging in the modern day to different countries, these prehistoric structures reveal a thought-provoking ancient connection between these ancient sites and their builders.
More information about the pyramids in Mauritius, Canary Islands, and Sicily will be available in separate future articles.
“Atlantis/Location Hypotheses.” Atlantis/Location Hypotheses – Wikiversity. Accessed August 12, 2017. https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Atlantis/Location_Hypotheses. ↩
“Pico: New archaeological evidence reveals human presence before Portuguese occupation – Azores.” Portuguese American Journal. March 04, 2014. Accessed August 10, 2017. http://portuguese-american-journal.com/pico-new-archeological-evidence-reveals-human-presence-before-portuguese-occupation-azores/. ↩
Azevedo, Virgílio. “Archaeologists reveal secrets of the pyramids on the island of Pico / Arqueólogos revelam segredos das pirâmides da ilha do Pico”. Expresso. August 27, 2013. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://expresso.sapo.pt/sociedade/arqueologos-revelam-segredos-das-piramides-da-ilha-do-pico=f827624#ixzz2eJslrs3Y via google translate. ↩
Lusa. “Pia carved in a rock in the island Terceira dated 950 years / Pia esculpida numa rocha na ilha Terceira datada com 950 anos”. Expresso. March 10, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://expresso.sapo.pt/sociedade/pia-esculpida-numa-rocha-na-ilha-terceira-datada-com-950-anos%3Df893776 via google translate. ↩
Matos, Carolina. “Archaeology: Prehistoric rock art found in caves on Terceira Island – Azores.” Portuguese American Journal. June 24, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://portuguese-american-journal.com/archeology-prehistoric-rock-art-found-in-caves-on-terceira-island-azores/. ↩
“Carthaginian temples found – Azores.” Portuguese American Journal. March 04, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://portuguese-american-journal.com/carthaginian-temples-found-azores/. ↩
Ribeiro, Nuno. “Phoenicians in Azores (Portugal), myth or reality?” Proceedings of the 15th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology, held at the University of Catania 3–5 March 2011 (published on Academia.edu – Share research). Accessed August 13, 2017. https://www.academia.edu/26040170/Phoenicians_in_Azores_Portugal_myth_or_reality. This report can also be read on the Portuguese Association for Archaeological Investigation’s website here. ↩
More information on this subject can be found in the following report:
Ribeiro, Nuno. “PROTOHISTORIC AND HISTORICAL ATLANTIC NAVIGATION ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FROM THE AZORES.” Academia.edu – Share research. Accessed August 13, 2017. https://www.academia.edu/17115819/PROTOHISTORIC_AND_HISTORICAL_ATLANTIC_NAVIGATION_ARCHAEOLOGICAL_EVIDENCE_FROM_THE_AZORES. ↩
National Geographic. “Atlantide, la cité perdue – Azores.” ↩