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

"As a kid, when I first came across the term ‘lost cities,’ I was mesmerized. A whole city lost? Lost? I’ve seen many lost cities since then but have lost none of my fascination for them. I am in Lattakia to visit another – the nearby ruins of Ugarit, the 2nd millennium BCE city credited with the first and only invention of the alphabet."  [ – From The Lost City of Ugarit]


Dholavira

Lothal

Nagarjunakonda

Shravasti


Khajuraho


Sanchi


Sarnath


Rabdentse

Mataram-Prambanan


Borobudur


Ancient Xi'an


Nalanda

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

 

 

 

       

 

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