Mauritius — a beautiful volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of southeast Africa — is home to some enigmatic ancient megalithic structures, including several stepped pyramids aligned to the sun. Remarkably, these pyramids are nearly identical to the stepped pyramids found in the Canary Islands, and very similar to those found in Sicily and the Azores.
The Pyramid Complex
In total, seven flat-topped stepped pyramids have been discovered in modern day farming fields known as Plaine Magnien, in the south-east end of the island. The layout of the pyramid site can be seen in the map below:
The entire pyramid complex can be viewed in the brief video below:
Below are some commonalities between these seven structures:
- These pyramids all consist of six to eleven steps, and all of them are at most 12 meters tall, with the largest pyramid base being 26 x 26 meters.2
- These pyramids are all made in the same manner, out of expertly-fitted dry-stacked volcanic rocks and without the use of any binding agent.3
- Underneath the pyramids blocks of limestone foundation can be observed.4
- The angles of the pyramids are sharp and precisely angled and fitted.5
- Some of these pyramids hold the same orientation and are aligned to the sun,6 and some seem to hold alignments to one another, though the significance of their layout has not yet been understood.7
The above details indicate an obvious intentionality behind the design and layout of these pyramids, and are therefore significant as they dispel the currently widespread notion that these pyramids are simply “piles of stones” farmers made while clearing the fields. These pyramids are apparently not advertised for tourists and are officially are not recognized as a site of significance. As a result, very little study of these enigmatic structures and their mysterious origins has been done.8
Other Ancient Structures Nearby
Researcher and explorer Antoine Gigal observed that in the immediate vicinity of these pyramids (a two square kilometer area) other ancient megalithic structures exist, including huge stone walls, some of which wind in a serpantine fashion, smaller pyramid-shaped platforms, and remarkably even ancient planned and paved roads that are still regularly driven on today and appear to be in perfect order.9 10 An eighth rounded step platform has been located nearby as well.11 12
Gigal believes these structures were undoubtedly built at the same time as the pyramids.13
Alignment of Mauritius Pyramids to the Sun
Dr. Semir Osmanagich, renowned for his discovery and research of the pyramids in Bosnia, studied the pyramids in Mauritius on the ground and concluded that some of them hold alignments to the solstices. He notes that pyramids “one”, “two”, and “four” have the same orientation and are aligned to the summer solstice sunrise (December 21 in the southern hemisphere).14
Antoine Gigal adds that from her observations:
“Specifically Mauritius Pyramid 2 is likely to be aligned to the summer solstice (which in the southern hemisphere occurs on December 21) and one should be able to observe a double sunset. The first sunset would occur behind the Mont des Créoles, the second behind the neighbouring Mont du Lion. A double sunset behind a mountainous horizon is also a phenomenon observed at the Guimar complex in Tenerife.”15
Similarities with Pyramids in Canary Islands, Sicily, and the Azores
The volcanic islands of Pico in the Azores (Portugal), Tenerife in the Canary Islands (Spain), Sicily (Italy), and Mauritius (Indian Ocean) are all home to remarkably similar ancient stepped pyramids aligned to the sun.
All of these pyramids are made of volcanic stone and assembled without the use of mortar. All share a comparably similar design and infrastructure. All are grouped into complexes of pyramids.16
The most analogous similarity is found between the pyramids of Tenerife and Mauritius, where the pyramids also appear to be better preserved. Gigal highlights a particular similarity between the pyramids on these two islands: the presence of a similarly designed staircase in pyramid “one” in Mauritius and in the pyramids of Tenerife island.17
In general, Gigal remarks that “there are no distinguishable differences between those and the ones on Mauritius, suggesting a link between the two that is more than merely coincidental” and that “this gives every reason to assume that the structures on both islands are the result of the activity of the same builders.”18 Both Gigal and Osmanagich propose that these structures were likely built by an ancient sea-faring culture.19 20
Below is another video (in French) of the pyramid complex, where some of the alignments between the pyramids have been observed, and where a comparison is made between the pyramids in Mauritius and those found in Tenerife:
While the pyramids in Mauritius are currently being largely ignored and have yet to be comprehensively studied, some of the other analogous pyramids mentioned above have been studied more extensively and therefore can shed light on the significance and origins of the pyramids in Mauritius.
The pyramids in Tenerife, for example, have been studied by the renowned Norwegian explorer and researcher Thor Heyerdahl, who highlighted their solar alignments and subsequently their religious purpose, thus dismissing the notion these pyramids too were simple piles of rock.21
Likewise, the pyramids in the Azores are now beginning to be recognized for their solar alignments and researchers are beginning to take note of the much older than previously suspected date of these pyramids, and their connection to other stepped pyramids around the world.22
Gigal expressed a hope that perhaps making the pyramids in Mauritius better known to tourists would encourage more interest in these sites, and subsequently this could generate interest in a serious scientific investigation of these pyramids.23
More information about the pyramids in Canary Islands and Sicily will be available in separate future articles.
Gigal, Antoine. Seven pyramids identified on the African island of Mauritius. Accessed September 09, 2017. http://www.gigalresearch.com/uk/pyramides-maurice.php.
“Mauritius Island pyramids.” Geolines.ru. Accessed September 09, 2017. http://geolines.ru/research/research_723.html?template=117.
Note: an example photo of the pyramid corners can be seen here.
Osmanagich, Semir Sam. Pyramids in Mauritius: “Sweet News from the Sugar Cane Fields in Mauritius.” August 18, 2009. Accessed September 09, 2017. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/291652/11290596/1300459802400/Pyramids+in+Mauritus+-+August+2009.pdf?token=opu9GEEzkWz4iLeHI%2BsftpYBFLU%3D
Gigal, Antoine. Huge complex around the 7 pyramids on Mauritius island. Accessed September 09, 2017. http://www.gigalresearch.com/uk/complexe-ile-maurice.php.
Note: photos of these structures can be seen on Gigal’s website here.
“Pyramids of Tenerife, Canary Islands.” World Pyramids – Tenerife Pyramids, Canary Islands. Accessed September 09, 2017. http://world-pyramids.com/en/world-pyramids/europe/tenerife-pyramids,-canary-islands.html.
Note: more information about this can be found here.