Lost Cities      Click on Links below for photo sets. A related page is Lost Cities of India.


"What does it mean for a world to vanish? As a kid, when I first came across the term ‘lost cities’, I was mesmerized. A whole city lost? Lost? How can that happen?

We live with the illusion that our physical and cultural worlds have a certain solidity and stability, that despite inevitable change, they will endure long after us, bearing our legacy and progeny. We maintain this illusion even when we’re aware of the many lost worlds that archaeologists have dug out—astonishing places like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Memphis, Mohenjo-Daro and Persepolis. Since such lost worlds first captivated my imagination as a boy, I’ve visited dozens of them but I’ve lost none of my fascination for them."

—From the Introduction of Namit Arora's Indians: A Brief History of a Civilization, forthcoming from Penguin India.


Dholavira

Lothal

Nagarjunakonda

Shravasti

Mataram-Prambanan

Borobudur

Ancient Xi'an

Nalanda

Khajuraho

Sarnath

Sanchi

Rabdentse

Anuradhapura

Polonnaruwa

Dambulla Caves

Sigiriya

Memphis

Thebes

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Yebu

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Abu Simbel

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Troy

The city of Priam, Paris, Hector, and the setting for Homer's Iliad

Miletus

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Priene

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Didyma

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Ephesus

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Hierapolis

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Syracusa

Greek theatre at Syracuse, built around 500 BC

Agrigento

Ancient Greek settlement in southern Sicily, Plato visited several times

Ugarit

The entrance to the royal palace of this early 2nd millennium BC city which invented the only phonetic alphabet ever invented by Man (all the rest are derived from it)

Palmyra

This pink sandstone desert city was an important stop for the caravans travelling from the Mediterranean to the countries of the Gulf

Serjilla

Deserted for about 15 centuries, in Syria

Al-Bara

Al-Bara, in Syria, remained predominantly eastern Christian and the seat of a bishopric subordinate to Antioch (modern Turkey) even after the coming of Islam

Petra

The ancient city of the Nabateans in modern day Jordan

Afamia

Founded by Selucus I, a general in the army of Alexander the (not so) Great. Afamia's peak was in the 2nd century CE when it apparently boasted a population of 500,000.

Jerash

In the first century BC, Jerash, hitherto a town of 15,000 inhabitants, became part of the Roman province of Syria

Ancient Amman

Colonnade of the forum of ancient, Roman Amman

Palenque

Arguably the most spectacular Mayan ruins in all of the Americas

Uxmal

Mayan ruins of Uxmal in the Yucatan peninsula

Chichen Itza

Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula

Teotihuacan

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Tikal

The Mayan ruins of Tikal in the jungles of Guatemala

Machu Picchu

The prime Inca settlement of their religious elite

Cuzco

Ruins of Sacsayhuaman near Cuzco

Monte Alban

The ancient Mayan city of Monte Alban in Oaxaca, Mexico

Olympia

The site of the ancient Olympics

Corinth

Ruins of the once rich city of Corinth

Delphi

At least as old as Homer's poems, this was the most sacred place of the ancient Greeks

Epidauros

Best preserved theatre of ancient Greece

Mycenae

The castle of Agamamnon, the leader of the combined Greek forces against Troy, 1200 BC

Mystras

Ruins of the once most powerful Byzantine city on the Peloponnese

Sparta

Desolate ruins of the Acropolis of Sparta amid Olive groves

Ancient Athens

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Badami

Ajanta

Cave 2, The Nativity of the Buddha

Ellora

Mamallapuram

Vijayanagar

Almora

In the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal

Udaigiri Caves

Bhojpur

Rajgir

Patna

Longmen Gottoes

Yungang Grottoes


Banpo Neolithic Village

Hauz Khas

Purana Qila

Tughlaqabad

The ramparts of the fort built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq c.1325
       

 



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