Who wants to go to a vacation among overcrowded stinking places, when you have an option to visit intriguing less-know ancient ruins? The answer is nobody. So what are you waiting for, read this stuff and start packing!
6) Pula, Croatia:
The city has and still exists from the ancient Roman times. A great amphitheatre, Pula Arena with its four towers and all three levels still stands making it the only amphitheatre to still exist. Apparently during World War II plans were made by the Italian fascist administration to dissemble the arena but the plan was abandoned due to the huge cost involved. And thank god for that.
5) Vatican Necropolis, Vatican City:
Lying under the depths of Vatican City below Saint Peter’s Basilica, Necropolis was originally built on the southern slope of the Vatican Hill because Roman law forbade burial of the dead inside the city walls. Excavated between the years 1940–1949, Vatican Necropolis was hidden from the rest of the world for a long time and when discovered, Pope Pius XI undertook the work of excavation under his own authority because he wanted to be buried as close possible as to Peter the Apostle. A small group of 10-15 people are allowed to visit the place but dates need to be booked from before.
The fourth emperor of the Western Han Dynasty of China – Emperor Jing who died in 141 BC – had his burial place named Han Yang Ling Mausoleum. It is one of only ‘Five Mausoleums’ of the Western Han Dynasty. Inside the tomb small terracotta warriors are found guarding the King in his afterlife.
The hands of these warriors were made of wood and they even wore cloths, all of which has perished with time. Alongside the warriors, courtiers, animals and of course wooden chariot were kept in the burial mausoleum.
3) Ani, Turkey:
Located near the border, this ruined city was once (between 961 and 1045) the capital of the Bagratid Armenian Kingdom. It’s called a ‘City of 1001 Churches,’ for a reason. There are a numerous beautiful and technically advanced religious structures, palaces and other buildings in the city.
A symbol of national heritage in Armenia, Ani at its heyday was inhabited by around 100,000 people but lies abandoned today. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the land was largely forgotten therefore today the once renowned city lies hauntingly deserted over a corner of a country.
2) Choquequirao, Peru:
Choquequirao is one of the ruin cities of the Inca Empire located in Southern Peru. In structure and architecture, it resembles Machu Picchu. The city was built around the 15th century by a ruler named Topa Yupanqui. Topa was the son of the guy who had built Machu Picchu.
Compared to Machu Picchu, its little brother is less-popular therefore less crowded. In order to reach the ruins one requires to start from Cusco and two days of hiking will get the visitors to this mysterious place.
1) Koh Ker, Cambodia:
Most of Koh Ker is lonely and hidden behind overgrowth of forest. The region is only sparsely populated. Over a stretch of 81 square kilometres there are more than 180 sanctuaries found. The whole area isn’t yet properly excavated therefore only around a dozen of the monuments are allowed to be visited.
Briefly Koh Ker was the capital city during the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II. But being an isolated region, the place has been looted a number of times over the years. Today many of the beautiful masterpieces have either become stolen arts or stand in museums spread across the world.
Have you visited any of these intriguing ancient ruins? If yes, please share your experience with us.