The world is full of ancient buildings, all of them requiring a sufficient amount of awe and wonder. The first that probably comes to mind is the pyramids of Egypt, or perhaps the stone structure known as Stonehenge. Some may even think about the Colosseum in Rome. What springs to mind when you think about incredible ancient structures?
In this post we take a look at five of the most fascinating of these ancient structures, and uncover some of the theories about them.
1. Egypt – The Lost Labyrinth
The Lost Labyrinth of Egypt is located near the Hawara pyramid in Egypt. While there is nothing but the ruins left of this magnificent building, texts describe it as one of the most awe-inspiring works of architecture. Herodotus described the labyrinth in works written in the fifth century B.C.
2. Iraq – Ishtar Gate
Ishtar Gate is the eighth gate to the city of Babylon and was constructed by order of King Nebuchadnezzar in 575 BCE. The site was excavated in the 20th century and a reconstruction of the gate and the Processional Way in Berlin. This incredible part of the wall can be seen in the Pergamon Museum.
3. Turkey – Temple of Artemis
This ancient Greek temple is situated in Ephesus in Turkey and was dedicated to Artemis. It was rebuilt three times, yet today only the foundations and ruins can be seen at the site. The temple was known to be magnificent, and was also part of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
4. Egypt – Bent Pyramid
This ancient Egyptian pyramid is located at the necropolis of Dahshur and is a great example of early pyramid development in the ancient world. What makes this specific pyramid even more unique is the fact that the limestone outer casing is still pretty much intact, as opposed to other pyramids.
5. Egypt – Great Pyramid of Giza
Last but not least, we have the great pyramid of Giza. This is the largest and oldest of the complex situated in Giza. It is also the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one that is still mostly intact. A site worth seeing one day.
And that’s all of them. Have you been to any of these amazing ancient structures? If not, perhaps you should include them on your bucket list. These ancient structures are impressive in pictures, imagine the awe they stir while standing on-site.