Get Lost: Discover These 10 Forgotten Cities

Get Lost: Discover These 10 Forgotten Cities

War, volcanic disasters, genocide, and conquer—there are many reasons why a once vibrant, populated city is lost to the world. Take the following ten ancient cities, they once thrived, but disaster banished them for centuries until their relics were unearthed centuries later by archeologists. Today they are waiting to be discovered by curious tourists and history buffs from all over the world.

Get lost in the following 10 ancient cities in ruins…

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

This 15th-century Incan site is located 7,970 feet above sea level in the Cusco Region of Peru. Constructed in the classical Inca style, with dry-stone, polished walls, the three primary structures of what’s referred to as the Sacred District of the site consist of the Intihuatana (Hitching post of the Sun), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Perhaps of all of Machu Picchu’s treasures, the Intihuatana stone holds the most marvel. These ritual stones point directly at the sun during the winter solstice. The Inca believed the stone held the sun in its place along its annual path in the sky while archeologists believe it functions as an astronomic clock or calendar.

Machu Picchu, Peru

2. Pompeii, Italy

The city of Pompeii is most closely wound among stories of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today, you can wander the site of the ancient Roman town-city, located near Naples. Remains from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and many nearby villages, which were once buried under approximately 20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice, have since been unearthed, and Pompeii touted as a popular tourist destination, drawing about 2.6 million visitors per year, along with nearby Vesuvius National Park.

Pompeii, Italy
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