13 Most Incredible Lost Ancient Cities

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Today’s world is full of vibrant cities; Tokyo, Chicago, New York and Dubai, to name but a few. However, great cities and great civilizations existed thousands of years ago, whether they were based around religion or were bases of political power. Now we are left with only the ruins of these incredible cities, exhibiting unique architecture and some of history’s finest craftsmanship. Let us rediscover these cities, lost in time.


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13. Palenque, Mexico

A Mayan city in southern Mexico, Palenque dates back to Mexico’s classical era (400-700AD). Palenque offers some of the finest temples, sculptures and amazing stone carvings ever seen. The ruined city also offers a great deal to learn about Mayan architecture. If you have the chance you must visit the temple pyramid of Pacal Votan, the astronomical observatory and the great palace of this ancient city.

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12. Persepolis, Iran

Established by King Darius, Persepolis was built on top of a large man-made terrace in about 515 BC. Built in a remote region, high on mountain, it was the capital of the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire. Surrounded by a number of colossal buildings and double sets of stairs, this lost city’s main attraction is a set of four very high tombs, cut out of perpendicular walls. There are also a large number of inscriptions and reliefs scattered over a large area.

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