5 Incredible Ancient Sites

5 Incredible Ancient Sites

There are many incredible archeological sites around the world: here are 5 sites where you can feel like thousands or hundreds of years ago. It is worth visiting these places at least once in a lifetime as soon as they are not lost due to wars or natural catastrophes.

The City of Monte Alban

The town of Monte Alban is located on a hilltop that is almost 400 m high above the sea level in the Oaxaca Valley, Mexico. This impressive area was once a religious center, attracting people from all over the region. The area is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of the valley and the nearby mountains. Monte Alban has been the capital of the Zapotec civilization since about 500 BC and has survived for more than a thousand years. The town square is home to impressive buildings and temples, and there are tombs. The city is also home to a complex of royal residences covering an area of 48 500 square meters. At the peak of the city’s prosperity, it was home to more than 17,000 people.

The Settlement of Biskupin

The Iron Age archeological settlement of Biskupin was once established on the wet peninsula of Lake Biskupin in northwestern Poland. Later rising water hid the settlement built in 738 BC and everything disappeared for many centuries. In 1933, when the water subsided, a local teacher discovered traces of an ancient settlement. Archaeologists have found the remains of workshops, barns, and houses, as well as agricultural tools, iron and bronze items, pottery, and woolen cloth in this area. It is likely that several hundred people lived in those homes. Today, visitors can see the reconstruction of the settlement.

Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Located in the majestic landscape of mountains of central Greece, another ancient site is the impressive Temple of Delphi. It was founded in the eighth century BC and consecrated to Apollo, the god of sunlight, music, poetry, and prophecy in ancient Greece. An altar was erected to the east of the temple. There the ancient Greeks made sacrifices to this god. The impressive Amphitheater of the temple hosted the Pythian Games, in which athletes from all over Greece competed. The ancient Greeks considered Delphi as the center of the world.

Ziggurat of Ur

The impressive ziggurat is in the current territory of Iraq and is surrounded by a desert. However, during the best days of the Mesopotamian era, it was a part of a huge metropolis. This city was near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The Euphrates connected Ur with the Persian Gulf and ensured the prosperity of the city. As the river Euphrates has changed the direction, the city of Ur was eventually abandoned. The city was built around 4000 BC.

Open-Air Museum of Gyeongju

The city of Gyeongju is in southeastern South Korea, in North Gyeongsang Province, on the shores of the Sea of Japan. The city is surrounded by mountains and picturesque landscapes. Gyeongju is rich in temples, pagodas, and tombs. This city was once the cultural center of the Kingdom of Silo, a historic Korean state. Gyeongju is called the Open-Air Museum because of the many archeological and cultural artifacts in and around the city.

Open-Air Museum of Gyeongju
Open-Air Museum of Gyeongju

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