All over the world, these great civilizations have left behind impressive monuments and structures that attest to their former glory. These amazing ruins are thousands of years old, revealing much about lost and ancient cultures. 

Teracotta Army

(Xi’an, China)

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In 1974, well diggers in China have discovered an underground network of 8,000 terra cotta soldiers—the army of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang. This form of funerary art was buried along with the emperor to protect him in the afterlife.

Roman Baths

(Bath, England)

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The baths were originally used as a Celtic shrine dedicated to the goddess Sulis, however, the Romans turned it into a spot for socializing and bathing in their post-conquest culture.

Machu Picchu

(Aguas Calientes, Peru)

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Hiking on the Inca Trail offers an overlooking view of Machu Picchu’s agricultural, urban, and religious areas. The Intihuatana stone can also be seen, which is said to be a meter for important celestial periods that shed insight into the spiritual world.

Montezuma Castle

(Camp Verde, Arizona)

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Montezuma Castle is a cliff dwelling that was built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture of indigenous people of the American southwest. The 20-room, five-story structure was actually more of a pre-historic apartment complex rather than a castle in traditional sense.

Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat is considered as the largest religious monument spanning roughly 250 miles, and is home to more than 50 other temples. The entire structure of Angkor Wat is said to mirror the Hindu cosmos. Today, it attracts thousands of visitors yearly for its impressive infrastructure and spiritual atmosphere.

 

Source: Condé Nast Traveler

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