The Great Pyramid of Norfolk

by | May 14, 2024

Forget about the Great Pyramid of Giza – there’s a 14m squared pyramid in Norfolk.

Built in 1793 and found in the Blickling Estate, the Blickling Park Mausoleum was designed by Italian architect Joseph Bonomi the Elder, who would go on to become the designated architect for St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

It houses the remains of John Hobart, the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, and his two wives Mary Anne and Caroline.

Made of 190,000 Portland stone blocks – the same material used to build St Paul’s Cathedral and The Cenotaph – the pyramid would’ve been a bright white when it was first built.

It sits proudly within Blickling Park now, and is part of a pleasant looped walk from Blickling Hall.