Our world is full of magnificent ruins of the ancient civilizations that left their mark on the earth and the history of mankind. They have become remnants of ancient times that have risen and fallen like waves throughout human history.
Some of these ruins are still so vivid that they tell us a lot about ancient times, while others may decay over time due to various factors. In both cases, these ruins remain a significant reminder of history.
Many of us may have seen some of the most famous ruins such as Machu Picchu, Petra, the Pyramids of Giza, or the Roman Colosseum, either through the media or online. These destinations are often crowded with tourists but with a little extra effort, you can enjoy a more personal adventure exploring some of the not-so-crowded destinations that have been the home of ancient civilizations throughout human history.
Keet Seel – Arizona, USA
The pistine cliff houses in Keith Seal are located on a cliff in the arid desert outside Kayenta, Arizona. A mystery that has not yet been explained, here once lived the prehistoric tribes of Pueblans, who seemingly left the ancient village around 1300 AD without a trace.
The ruins of Keet Seel are isolated and hard to reach: 17 miles of hiking across the desert roads, crossing various rocks, but the journey is worth it. Tourists are almost nonexistant in these remote Native American ruins.
Several miles west of Jaisalmer, another beautiful ruin worth visiting is the Cursed Village of Kuldhara. The very clever people who lived here designed their village well, with large streets arranged in grids and multiple stories tall houses. It flourished between 1291 AD and 1825 AD until it simply disappeared over the night.
Historians have not discovered what happened and why the inhabitants of these ruins left, or where they went. Locals believe that when they left in the darkness of the night they put a curse on the village, so that no one would inhabit it again. This is a great and wonderful place for anyone looking for a strange adventure in the Indian desert.
This was the only structure built in the city of Petra (30 BC) and was the largest place of worship in this ancient city. The rest of the structures were carved directly into the rocks and cliffs surrounding the temple. Built by the Nabateans and later captured and adapted by the Roman emperors, the temple was finally abandoned in 363 AD after being seriously damaged by a earthquake.
The Palmyra Ruins – the city of Homs, Syria
Palmyra is now one of the most famous ruin cities in the Syrian desert, and it used to be one of the most important cultural centers in the ancient world. The architecture is a great reminder of how Roman influences influenced the Persian traditions. The city was known under Roman rule as an important hub for trade with China, India and Persia.
Derinkuyu, Underground City – Nevsehir Province, Turkey
This one is a reminder that not all the famous ruins are above the ground. Derinkuyu, Turkey is a multi-level underground city located 200 feet below ground, large enough to accommodate 20,000 people. There were many stables and religious chapels here that could all be hidden from the inside with large stone doors.
It was built in the Byzantine era and it used to be a Christian refuge throughout the Byzantine – Arab Wars of 780-1180 AD, connected to other cities through the vast underground tunnel network. Around half of the city is now open for public exploration, featuring a large area of tunnels and many of the hidden rooms.
Surrounded by thick green forests, Calamkul is a fairly private place. Here are the ruins of two giant Mayan pyramids, the tallest being 165 feet tall. You do have to drive or ride a bike through the wilderness in the wild to get here, which makes it even more fun!
The city was once thought to have been home to 50,000 native people, and the area was packed with very complex forms of large stone slabs covered with carved pictures and glyphs.
Koporye Fortress, Russia
Located in a historic village outside Saint Petersburg, this ancient fort was built in the Middle Ages for the first time by the Teutonic Knights in 1240 and was subsequently destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed and rebuilt several times, especially during periods of war between the Swedes and the Russians.
The fortress was last attacked in 1703. The effects of the battles which have taken place here are still visible on the ruined walls of the fort to this day. There are also plenty of other fascinating monuments in the area that can also be explored during your visit to this historically rich city.
Cleopatra’s Palace, Egypt
These ruins are a relatively new finding, and may be difficult to reach for any person who suffers from aversion to water. Discovered in 2012, archaeologists found here a wealth of ancient artefacts here, among with the ruins of the exact palace where Cleopatra lived. It was a wonderful discovery of a city that is thought to have disappeared 1300 years ago.
Alexandria sank in the eighth century due to the catastrophic earthquakes that led to the beautiful city sliding directly into the sea. You can swim among the great stone walls of the old palace and admire the two stone sphinxes that guard the bay.