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#1 korniceman3000

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:42 PM

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10 Lost Cities Of The World
These ancient wonders are well worth a visit, even in troubled times.
By Morgan Brennan Forbes.com


Gazing at the Andean peaks soaring above the Lost City of the Incas and the lush valley below, it's easy see why it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The 15th century A.D. Peruvian site was abandoned shortly after Spanish conquistadors invaded the neighboring areas, falling to ruin until 1911, when an American scholar stumbled across the remains.

History's once glorious metropolises have become ever more sought-after destinations as Americans get back into travel mode. Machu Picchu welcomes as many as 1 million tourists annually, and that number is said to be growing as much as 6% per year.

The Americas offer travelers dozens of lost cities to explore. Mexico has the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, with Mesoamerica's largest ball court and the hulking pyramidal remains of Teotihuacan, with its well-preserved, color-splashed murals. There's Tical in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras. Even the the Western U.S. boasts the tumbleweed-strewn ghost towns of two centuries ago.

1. Petra, Jordan
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Country: Jordan

Civilization: the Nabataeans

Inhabited: sixth century B.C.

This rose-colored city carved from cliffs garnered fame in the West thanks to the 1980s blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.


2. Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Country: Mexico

Civilization: the Mayans

Inhabited: 600 to 1000 A.D.

Site of one of Mesoamerica's largest ball courts, this royal city is located near a massive underground cenote, or sinkhole, where the bodies of human sacrifices were dropped.

3. Derinkuyu Underground City, Turkey
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Country: Turkey

Civilization: possibly the Phrygians

Inhabited: Approximately eighth century B.C.to 10th century A.D.

This underground network has more than 10 floors and room for up to 50,000 people, plus livestock. It is rumored to have been a hideout for early Christians escaping Roman persecution.

4. Machu Picchu, Peru
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The results of the survey suggest that ease of learning the local language and adapting to the local culture are areas in which the U.S. fares well in as an expat destination--despite low scores in organizing finances and health care.

5. Angkor, Cambodia
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Country: Cambodia

Civilization: the Khmer Empire

Inhabited: ninth century to 15th century A.D.

More than a thousand temples, including Angkor Wat, populate this long-time Khmer capital. It declined after a successful attack by invaders from what is now Thailand

6. Pre-Roman Carthage, Tunisia
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Country: Tunisia

Civilization: the Phoenicians

Inhabited: 650 to 146 B.C.

Carthage was home to the Roman Empire's arch-nemesis, Hannibal. It was burned and the earth salted during the final Punic War.

7. Pompeii, Italy
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Country: Italy

Civilization: the Roman Empire

Inhabited: seventh/sixth century B.C. to 79 A.D.

Pompeii was a cultural center and vacation destination for Roman high society until it was destroyed in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Left behind are naturally ash-encased mummies.

8. Memphis, Egypt
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Country: Egypt

Civilization: the Ancient Egyptians

Inhabited: third millennium B.C. to seventh century A.D.

Located at the mouth of the Nile delta, Memphis thrived for centures as a center of trade, commerce, religion and royalty. Foreign invasions, including one by Alexander the Great, let to its demise.

9. Teotihuacan, Mexico
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Country: Mexico

Civilization: possibly the Totonac people

Inhabited: 100 B.C. to 250 A.D.

This city, the founders of which remain a mystery, is home to some of the largest pyramids in pre-Columbian America. It inspired several major empires, those of the Zapotec and Mayans.

10. Mosque City of Bagerhat, Bangladesh
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Country: Bangladesh

Civilization: Khan Jahan Ali

Inhabited: 15th century A.D.

The city formerly known as Khalifatabad was founded by a Turkish general. It boasts more than 50 Islamic monuments and the Sixty Pillar Mosque, constructed with 60 pillars and 80 domes.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:01 AM

They're really have an awesome building... :o
So classic...

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:32 AM

Hey, I've been to one of those!

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Peru was cool, though not my favorite place in the world. :S Didn't seem 100% safe...

#4 Johan-BoA-

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:42 AM

Hmm... At least, it was discovered now a days . ^_^

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:17 AM

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So cool...
I love the view... :o

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:04 AM

Beautiful, thanks.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:05 PM

Wow, those places look so beautiful (:

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 02:08 AM

2. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Civilization: the Mayans

Inhabited: 600 to 1000 A.D.

Site of one of Mesoamerica's largest ball courts, this royal city is located near a massive underground cenote, or sinkhole, where the bodies of human sacrifices were dropped.

Yes, the Mayan culture was a bloody one. You don't want to know what was involved in the games played on those ball courts. Let's just say that sometimes you wonder if that's where the phrase "Heads will roll" originated! :blink:

3. Derinkuyu Underground City, Turkey

Civilization: possibly the Phrygians

Inhabited: Approximately eighth century B.C.to 10th century A.D.

This underground network has more than 10 floors and room for up to 50,000 people, plus livestock.

Can you imagine the smell? It's bad enough above ground, when you drive past a pig farm on a highway, LOL.


6. Pre-Roman Carthage, Tunisia

Civilization: the Phoenicians

Inhabited: 650 to 146 B.C.

Carthage was home to the Roman Empire's arch-nemesis, Hannibal. It was burned and the earth salted during the final Punic War.

Apparently, even back then, people knew how salt could destroy anything that grows. Remember that, next time you think about heading to the lawn and garden store for Roundup. ;)


7. Pompeii, Italy

Civilization: the Roman Empire

Inhabited: seventh/sixth century B.C. to 79 A.D.

Pompeii was a cultural center and vacation destination for Roman high society until it was destroyed in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Left behind are naturally ash-encased mummies.

That must have been horrible for the last people inhabiting that region. :(


8. Memphis, Egypt

Civilization: the Ancient Egyptians

Inhabited: third millennium B.C. to seventh century A.D.

Located at the mouth of the Nile delta, Memphis thrived for centures as a center of trade, commerce, religion and royalty. Foreign invasions, including one by Alexander the Great, let to its demise.

I think ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating subjects. The pyramids, themselves, are a marvel.


9. Teotihuacan, Mexico

Civilization: possibly the Totonac people

Inhabited: 100 B.C. to 250 A.D.

This city, the founders of which remain a mystery, is home to some of the largest pyramids in pre-Columbian America. It inspired several major empires, those of the Zapotec and Mayans.

And speaking of pyramids! :)


10. Mosque City of Bagerhat, Bangladesh

Civilization: Khan Jahan Ali

Inhabited: 15th century A.D.

The city formerly known as Khalifatabad was founded by a Turkish general. It boasts more than 50 Islamic monuments and the Sixty Pillar Mosque, constructed with 60 pillars and 80 domes.

It's amazing what people can do, when they work to improve their lives instead of waging war. :)

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:23 PM

In our recorded history it states that the first civilization is the Sumerian civilization.

However, there are actually hundreds of underwater cities deep in the oceans dating back thousands of years before.

You think the Mayans were cool, how about the underwater cities near the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Asia. Imagine, cities thousands of years older than recorded history are underneath vast oceans!

There is a supposed city under the sea near Japan most people of academia often state as simply rock formations underneath the sea. But how come credited Japanese professors say those are really cities years older than recorded history buried under the sea. They even found tools.

Many of the knowledge of the ancients were lost, thanks to the early people in power who thought the future generations would know too much. I.e. the burning of books that contained ancient knowledge.

Edited by Mashimaro-san, 19 May 2011 - 05:27 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

Many of the knowledge of the ancients were lost, thanks to the early people in power who thought the future generations would know too much. I.e. the burning of books that contained ancient knowledge.

Do you ever notice how that's the same, no matter what era? People in power always feel threatened by others acquiring knowledge. <_<

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:11 PM

Do you ever notice how that's the same, no matter what era? People in power always feel threatened by others acquiring knowledge. <_<


Yes, history often repeats itself.

I mean the Middle Ages was definitely a step backwards in time. People in Europe relied so much on the Bible for knowledge and history that the technological and scientific advances of the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and all the other ancient empires were lost.

The Bible itself is pretty much a toned-down, regulated version of the original early Christian books which contained much more stories and knowledge. We have the Nicean Council to thank for burning the many other Christian texts.

I won't even start with the burning of the Library of Alexandria and other knowledge databases at the time.

Edited by Mashimaro-san, 19 May 2011 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:14 PM

Beautiful Places! I Want to go to Egypt, it's my dream.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:14 PM

Yesn egypt is a beautiful country.




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