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Mystery of the Pyramid

There's no need to travel to Egypt to see a pyramid: you can find one just outside the town of Falicon, near Nice, on the French Riviera. Built following a similar pattern to the ancient pyramids of Egypt, this eccentric, partly ruined monument has caused plenty of head-scratching in its time. It stands above a natural rock cave.

For a long time the pyramid was assumed to date from classical times, being attributed to Roman followers of the cult of Mithras. But more recently, study of the building exploded that theory. Actually, it dates from the early 19th century, the Napoleonic era in France. Speculation still continues about its purpose. Whoever built it had grand ideas, and it's seriously impressive as well as baffling. It's a pleasant hike and an intriguing structure, if you have a spare hour to spend in the area.

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