Petra, Jordan The first view of the ancient town, approaching it from the canyon, is breathtaking.

Petra, Jordan The first view of the ancient town, approaching it from the canyon, is breathtaking.

Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998. Historians believe the site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves, yet, astonishingly, several artifacts remained largely intact. Amongst the discoveries were the foundations of the palace, shipwrecks, red granite columns, and statues of the goddess Isis and a sphinx.

The Amazing Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World

Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998. Historians believe the site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves, yet, astonishingly, several artifacts remained largely intact. Amongst the discoveries were the foundations of the palace, shipwrecks, red granite columns, and statues of the goddess Isis and a sphinx.

Ancient temple ruins in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. The intricately carved bottom stone is called the ‘Moonstone’ and the steps lead to a still intact, sitting Buddha

Ancient temple ruins in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. The intricately carved bottom stone is called the ‘Moonstone’ and the steps lead to a still intact, sitting Buddha

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Deep in the forest, well hidden, is a secret place called Gnome mans land. Maybe it's the babbling brook near the steps? Very strange sounds all around us.

Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu state India. Designated a World Heritage Site 1984. Built by Pallava kings 7th-8th centuries.

Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu state India. Designated a World Heritage Site 1984. Built by Pallava kings 7th-8th centuries.

The 1,200-year-old Kailashnath Temple in Maharashtra, India, was carved top-down, with workers slowly unearthing the temple as they descended.

10 of the world's most spectacular libraries

The 1,200-year-old Kailashnath Temple in Maharashtra, India, was carved top-down, with workers slowly unearthing the temple as they descended.

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