Ancient Cities You Must Visit Before you Die

166521432As our world progresses to a more modern state of being with sleek architecture and chic fashion, we must not forget our past and history. Located around the globe are hundreds of ancient cities that comprise of magnificent prehistoric structures and ruins with some being thousands of years old. Get ready to take a walk into your primordial ancestors shoes as you explore these must visit ancient cities. Modern day barefoot shoes are recommended.

Petra, Jordan
The Nabataean City made its Hollywood debut in the 1989 “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusades” movie. This Jordan treasure is a city carved into red rock by the Nabataeans, who were industrious Arabs that linked spice and silk trading routes to other parts of the world. This rock city features an elaborate network of tombs, temples and tunnels and one impressive amphitheater.

Aphrodisias, Turkey
One of Turkey’s oldest and most sacred city, Aphrodisias has been sacred since 5,300BC when Neolithic Farmers came to worship the Mother Goddess of fertility and crops. The Temple of Aphrodite, Tetrapylon and the theatre are just some of the magnificent structures to view.  The stadium is one of the best preserved from the classical era. This elliptical shape structure featured many athletic contests, circuses, games and wild beast shows.

Thebes, Egypt
Thebes, natively known as Waset, features some of the most spectacular remains from ancient Egypt such as the Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, and Valley of the Queens and the Valley of Kings. The city lies on both sides of the Nile, with main city on east, and necropolis or “City of the Dead,” on the west. Necropolis contained royal tombs and mortuary temples and housed priests, soldiers and laborers who were devotees to the service of the Egyptian rulers.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Known as one of the best ancient cities in the world, Machu Picchu soars high at 8,000 feet. This Inca City is a popular tourist attraction, but to better preserve the ruins, only a certain amount of tourists will be able to visit annually. Set amidst the beautiful mountains, Machu Picchu is the key stop on the Inca Trail.

Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, or “City of Temples,” is the largest first Hindu and then Buddhist temple complex and religious center in the world. Khmer King Suryavarman II built the temple in 12th Century. Today this archaeological wonder is a popular attraction for Southeast Asian travelers.

Crete, Greece
This Greek island is a playground fill with hundreds of archaeological sites. The peak era was during the Minoan civilization, which left behind beautiful art, artifacts and architecture. Must see places include Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Zakros. From Minoan Palaces to impressive statues, Greek has got it all.

By Elizabeth Kovar

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