Long shrouded in mystery, the massive pyramid of Khufu is the only remaining structure of antiquity’s original Seven Wonders of the World. In total, there are more than 130 pyramids in Egypt today, and while most of their history is well known, there are still controversies surrounding the various theories about their construction, and the purpose behind such feats.
As has been suggested by researchers Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, and others, the placement of the Khufu pyramid and its two nearby counterparts may have been intended to be in accordance with the alignment of the three stars that comprise the “belt” in the constellation Orion. Regardless of whether or not this was indeed the case, we do know that until around 1300 AD, the Khufu pyramid remained the tallest structure in the world, which ranked it in size alone among the most impressive architectural and engineering feats in human history.
The iconic imagery that the pyramids represent have inspired similar structures elsewhere in the world, and recently here at Mysterious Universe I chose to discuss one example from the 19th century that still exists, at least in ruins, above a karstic cave near the town of Nice along the French Riviera. While its origins are indeed mysterious, it is far from being the most famous or controversial pyramid in the country of France.
Outside the Louvre in France stands a large pyramidal structure, built of glass housed within a metal frame. Completed in 1989, it marks the entrance to France’s world famous museum, as well as one of the country’s most famous landmarks.
A long-held conspiracy theory about the famous pyramid states that when it was commissioned to be built by then-President François Mitterrand, precisely 666 panes of glass were used in its construction. This, in truth, was substantiated by an official brochure published around the time of the pyramid’s construction, which cited in two instances that 666 portions of glass were to be used in the completed structure. More famously, however, the pyramid was described in Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, in which the hero Robert Langdon discusses President Mitterrand’s strange desire to have a 666-paned glass pyramid built outside the world’s most famous museum.
The number 666, and its hellish connotations, are familiar enough that their significance in relation to conspiracies and secret societies are hardly required here. However, the literature that has offered this number in relation to a conspiracy associated with the Louvre pyramid, and it’s role as a “power-point” of the Illuminati, are actually unfounded.
The same pamphlet mentioned earlier, which had famously stated (twice, as I also noted) that 666 panes were used in the construction also provided contrary data, which read that there were, in fact, 672 panes of glass used. This is nonetheless contradicted further by the Louvre’s own records, which cites a number one digit higher at 673 panes, comprised of 603 glass rhombus shapes, as well as 70 smaller triangles, as stated at the website Glass On Web. Still, a greater number yet was offered by David Shugarts, whose count landed at 689 separate pieces of glass, as related to him by the offices of I. M. Pei, the architect who designed the pyramid and, consequently, the first foreign architect to work on the Louvre.
Shugarts’ number is, in likelihood, the correct number, and the “666” conspiracy likely stems from the misprint featured in the Louvre’s mid-construction pamphlet, as well as various French newspapers that reported the number subsequently. Of equal interest here is that, during a recent edition of the Middle Theory Podcast, a discussion of this famous and controversial structure brought to light that Christopher McCollum had actually been there in recent months, where he took it upon himself to take great “panes” to count the pyramid’s glass portions for himself; okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. He did, however, note that the points of the aboveground pyramid and its lower mirrored portion, built to reflect light back upward into the primary structure, appear to be slightly offset from one another.
Perhaps most interesting of all the speculation and controversy that has surrounded the site over the years is how the erroneous reports of 666 panes of glass used in the pyramid’s construction have managed to proliferate. Arguably, Dan Brown’s mention of the site in his famous novel would help cement it in conspiratorial folklore, along with sites like Rennes le Chateau and other locations famously associated with the inner-workings of the globalist elite and their agendas. The truth, however, is that while such locations have obvious ties to esoteric traditions, and especially to monuments of antiquity the likes of the Giza pyramids, their use in bold, obvious occult and satanic symbolism remains disputed.
Then again, to infer that they are epicenters of the Illuminati’s worldwide activities does seem a little more tantalizing, doesn’t it?
“Couché de soleil sur le Louvre, Paris, France” Image by Paris 16.