Ruins aren’t just remnants of the dead or history but they deliver a great lot of stories and captivating beauty which is inviting in their own merits. With the advancement and the human wonders that we are part of today, some of the commendable ruins in this world have captured a notable place in the list of places frequented by historian, archaeologist and of course travelers who seek for nothing other than the beauty of the place and some information. Whatever be the reason of the ruins to be visited, here is a list of 7 most alluring ruins in the world to visit because of the beauty that they hold and the glorious history that they got to tell. Check out the list-
- Pompeii, Italy: Located in Province of Naples in Campania, Italy; Pompeii is one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological findings. Though the exact date of origin is not known, scholars dates its origin back in to 7th century BC. Once a flourishing and modern city of Rome, Pompeii was buried under ashes and pumice after and devastating eruption of Mt. Versuvius in 79 AD. After this Pompeii vanished from public eyes until 1594 when architect Domenico Fontana stumbled across the ruins while digging a canal. However the proper work of finding this beautiful city started in 1748. Today this beautiful city is being preserved and the then evacuated streets and houses are open to the visitors.
- Babylon, Iraq: Another worldly recognized and one of the most frequented places by historians and archaeologists, Babylon is full of history and alluring ruins of its glorious and mysterious past. Dating back between 1792 to 1750 BCE, the city was then ruled by the famous king Hammurabi. Babylon has the best of mysteries and beauty embarked to its very name and origin. The name ‘Babylon’ is derived from its original name ‘bab-ili’ meaning “the Gate of the Gods”. You must have heard about the ‘Hanging Gardens’, which happens to be here in Babylon and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The ruins include Nebuchadnezzer’s palace and the Tower of Babel, were made of mud bricks. This beautiful city lost its luster and declined around 538 B.C, when Cyrus the Great and his army conquered the place. Currently the spot is one of the most desired tourist attractions.
- Ajanta Caves, India: India is known for its culture, heritage and beautiful history. The Ajanta Caves are a very crucial part of the country’s historical heritage and center of tourist attraction. Located in the Aurangabad district in state of Maharashtra, this ancient ruin dates back to somewhere between 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. These caves are actually group of Buddhist temples and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include rock cut sculptures and paintings are one of the most ancient examples of Indian art. The paintings inside the caves features the past lives and rebirth of Buddha. The sculptures engraved in the caves were most likely hand chiseled which are epitome of the skills and craftsmanship of the then artisans who are believed to be a bunch of monks.
- Copan Ruins, Honduras: Some distance away from the border of Guatemala, the Copan Ruins is located in Honduras. Once the kingdom of the Mayans, this site is one of the most splendid and largest of all Mayans centers discovered so far. This highly historical place can be traced back to 5th to 9th centuries AD. If Mayans or their civilization have ever fascinated you, this place is something you should visit. The ruins consists of pyramids, temples and 21 stone pillars, or stelae, with exquisite carved likenesses of ancient Copan kings.
- The Colosseum, Italy: Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is located in the center of city Rome in Italy. This majestic monument is built of concrete and sand and is estimated that it could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 audiences with an average capacity of 65,000. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built. This iconic monument was built during the rule of emperor Vespasian in AD 72. The building served the purpose for entertainment, workshop and in later phase as a religious quarters, a fortress and Christian shrine. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, the iconic monument was damaged by earthquakes and stone robbers.
- Skellig Michael, Ireland: One of the most beautiful monasteries in the world, the Skellig Michael is located in County Kerry in Ireland. Dating back to 6th century, the Skellig Michaels was constructed on a mountainous islet off the coast of Ireland. These monasteries were actually Gaelic Christian monastery and it constantly remained occupied until 12th century when the place was completely abandoned. The igloo like monasteries is really picturesque and splendidly built. A sense of purity pervades.
- Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe: Located near the Lake Mutirikwe, Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the south eastern hills of Zimbabwe. The place was once the capital of Queen of Sheba which is sometime in the later period of iron age of the country. The spot dates back to around 300 BCE. It is a magnificent city with 1,800 total acres. Great Zimbabwe is believed to have served as a royal palace for local kings. The city served as an important trading center and is related to the Bantu civilization. The soapstone birds which is known as symbols of Zimbabwe, eight of which were found carved in soapstone and were found in the ruins of Great Zimbabwe.
These fabulous ruins occupies a special place in the list of historical sites and are an excellent place to visit for a retreat that would last for ever.