11 lost cities you can really visit

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The carvings and the palace of Persepolis were rediscovered in the 20th century. Photo by Matthias Rehak / Shutterstock.

INthe lost city of Kweneng, South Africa, was discovered, not because someone found a fossil there or dug it with a shovel. Instead, archaeologist Karim Sadr relied LiDAR technologywhich uses lasers to measure distance, create detailed images of the environment Suikerbosrand hills, where people who speak Tswana, first built stone settlements in the 15th centuryth century.

It was a slow process that lasted more than two years, a kind of digital version of the cleansing of the vine from the hidden temple. Sadr studied the data, looking for patterns under a thick brush area. Round shapes appeared in black-and-white LiDAR images, helping to reconstruct the lives of families who lived in stone mansions, grazed cattle, and created ashtrays (usually holiday remnants) to flaunt their wealth. Although scientists have long believed that there are a number of small, lost communities in the hills, Sadr’s finds have spread far beyond the terrestrial ruins that were already visible at the site. “There was no real eureka,” said Sadr, “but it seems that one day I looked at a collection of villages, and the next day I saw the city.”

Cities such as Kweneng are forgotten for a variety of reasons, and their remnants have always attracted the attention of inquisitive travelers. Although the infrastructure for visitors to Queneng is not yet so developed, there are many other newly discovered cities worth visiting. Whether you are among the dusty palaces of Xanadu or walking along the walls of ancient Troy, you can guide your inner explorer to visit these ruins, whose cultural breadth and brightness show how durable cities can be lost.

Persepolis, Iran

The kings of the Achaemenid Empire strengthened a terrace from a natural stone on an imposing platform when they founded Persepolis in the 6th centuryth century BC, using the landscape for impressive effect and military superiority. A century later in the sand are elegant carvings, inscriptions and palaces Persepolis were excavated in the 20th centuryth century. Palace of Apadana dominates the oldest part of the place, where travelers will see 13 of the original 72 tall stone columns – the only ones that survived the attack of Alexander the Great in 331 BC. If you are traveling to Iran, we recommend booking through a tour operator such as Intrepid, which can help facilitate visas.

Petra’s architectural marvel is one of Jordan’s main attractions. Photo by Yongyut / Shutterstock.

Petra, Jordan

Login to Petra created for maximum impact, leading visitors from the shady gorge to the landscapes of mandarin-colored rock cliffs. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Peter was carved by the Nabataeans (who probably established it as their capital in the 4th century BC) and Jordanstellar attraction of Russia. In the present uninhabited desert, loneliness is still fairly easy to find. Abandon tourist groups, climbing a steep path to the village High place of sacrifice; It is believed that a pair of monumental obelisks symbolize the Nabataean gods.

Ciudad Perdida, a forest city in Colombia, takes five days to get there. Photo: Scott Biales / Shutterstock.

Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

Founded in the 9th centuryth

century, this forest city developed a unique architectural plan of stone paths, squares and houses over the centuries, but the dense jungle engulfed them soon after the arrival of the Europeans. Five-day hike to Ciudad Perdida (the only way to get there) is an adventure in itself. Feel free to follow the steep, dirty path to reach the ceremonial terraces and meet ColombiaIndigenous peoples Kogi and Viva, who are among those who are on the site modern guardians and live in the region.

Temple of Apollo in Pompeii. Photo by Bogdanovich Oleni / Shutterstock.

Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy

The ashes of Vesuvius darkened the sky above Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD, then buried the city for almost 17 centuries. Although this ancient story often requires leaps of imagination, the tragic past here remains eerily vivid. Take a transport tour of the cities, which are about a 20-minute drive away, to see the glittering frescoes, visit the site of an ancient brothel, see the petrified bodies and pay homage at the Temple of Apollo.

Palace of the Minoans in Knossos. Photo by Constantinos Iliopoulos / Shutterstock.

Knossos, Greece

The Minoan palace at Knossos was ancient when Homer wrote his Odyssey, and it has the myths and history of its Bronze Age. Archaeologist Arthur Evans began excavating the site in Crete in 1900; he linked his findings to the remains of the palace with a mythological labyrinth, where in the darkness hid a minotaur – a half-man-half-bull, born of the Cretan queen. Although this story remains unproven, travelers can judge for themselves the legendary origin of the creature by visiting the east wing of the palace, which is decorated with a fresco depicting three figures and a giant vault of a bull.

The Kaana complex is the tallest building in Belize. Photo: PRLLL / Shutterstock.

Karakol, Belize

Trees twist around the stone pyramids of Karakol, which Belize

the jungle caught up after the inhabitants left the place in the 11th century. Its architectural achievements impress even by modern standards: Kaana, a temple complex in the center of Karakol, remains the tallest building in the country at 141 feetand archaeologists believe The Mayan metropolis would be a dwarf in the area of ​​modern Belize City. Reopened in 1938Karakol attracts far fewer visitors than near Tikal– Schedule a visit early in the morning and you can have it for yourself.

The remains of the Machu Picchu fortifications were found in 1911. Photo: Cezary Wojikowski / Shutterstock.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Carved high in the Andes, Machu Picchu

was a suitable sanctuary for the Incas, who worshiped the stormy gods of the mountains. Devastated by the fall of the Inca Empire in the 16th centuryth century, a wonderful synthesis of peaks and fortifications attracted adventurers Peru since the citadel was reopened in 1911. Journey to Machu Picchu banquettebus or luxury trainthen head to the nearby peak of Wine Picchu to see the classic views of the main area.

An archaeologist used Homer’s Iliad to find Troy in 1870. Photo: Lillac / Shutterstock.

Troy, Turkey

A dramatic setting for the most significant love triangle of the ancient world, Troy has a 4,000-year history that merges with the myth nearby TurkeyAegean coast. Discovery Troy was the driving passion of Heinrich Schliemann, the archaeologist he used Homer The Iliad

as a treasure map and found this place in 1870. After a walk through the ancient fortifications and palaces, take a look at the treasuries they once kept in Museum of Troywhich opened in October with interactive exhibits highlighting glittering jewelry, marble statues and other treasures.

Ubar has been untouched in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula for almost 1,000 years. Photo by Damian Rishava / Shutterstock.

Ubar, Oman

Like camels loaded frankincense

After crossing the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, travelers gathered for dates and gossip at trading posts deep in the desert. Ubar is one such place, lost to the sand that blows away for almost 1,000 years; it was found in 1992 using images taken from space. Located on the extreme southern edge of the village OmanUbar is located two hours inland from the city of the Arabian Sea Salalah. Take a trip to see the stone walls and fortifications that rise from the dust during excavations.

Xanadu is surrounded by meadows on all sides. Photo by beibaoke / Shutterstock.

Xanadu, China

Khubilai ruled his empire from Xanadu, surrounded by meadow steppe, stretching to the horizon in all directions. Located about five hours northwest of Beijing, that’s where
Mongolian

and Han cultures mingled, and travelers discussed philosophy in exquisite palaces and gardens. Find the remains of this cosmopolitan capital in the excavated temples, stone walls and tombs of Xanadu, which were left on the windy plains in the 15th century.th century.

The pyramid of La Danta rises above the Guatemalan forests. Photo by Dennis Jarvis.

El Mirador, Guatemala

Only a few adventurers will reach the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador, which dates back to 1000 BC. and surrounded by the largest rainforest north of the Amazon. There are only two ways to get here: rent a helicopter or hike two days from the end of the road to the village of Carmelita. Take a trip to El Mirador to climb La Dantaa high pyramid, the crest of which swells over the surrounding canopy.

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