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The most powerful and mysterious of the ancient cities of the world, forget it

The ruins of the incas, the lost city of Machu Picchu sanctuary during the day with tourists, a visit to the site is in the vicinity of the city of cuzco, Peru, South America.

Tourists clamour to see the Petra in Jordan, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Machu Picchu in Peru — one mega-cities that now capture our imagination and fuel the legends. However, they are not the only mythical places. Here are some of the most mysterious and abandoned places in the world.

El Dorado/Lost City Of Z, Brazil

If you don’t catch it until 2017 with the movie “The Lost City of Z,” you are not alone, The film brought in a little more than $ 8 million at the U.S. box office. However, the Muisca as well as the city of El Dorado itself, which is said to contain a mountain of gold, is the stuff of legend. Researchers have been looking for the mythical land since at least the early 1500’s. After a search in Honduras, and Colombia, the archaeologists hit pay dirt in 2010, and then to the satellite images, is located the promising remains deep in a dense jungle in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. According to the Guardian:

“The discovery was made in line with a document from the National Library of Rio De Janeiro, referred to as Manuscript 512 was written by a Portuguese explorer in the year 1753, which is claimed to have been found of a walled city, deep in the Mato Grosso region of the Amazon rain forest, is reminiscent of the ancient Greek world.” The excavation has yet to start, but the lure of the megalopolis’ untold treasure, has caused a number of deaths. The area is also full of them, as soon as the cannibalistic tribe, who are believed to have been responsible for the 1925 disappearance of the explorer, Sir Percy Fawcett, and his team.

Hashima Island, Japan

This is a small, 16-acre island off the coast of Nagasaki, was once one of the most densely populated in the world. According to National Geographic, during the first half of the 20th century, more than 5,000 people living and working on the island, which was developed by the Mitsubishi Corporation, as well as a means for drilling a subsea coal mine that lies under it. Hashima was full of life, until 1974, when the petroleum surpassed coal as the world’s preferred source of energy and Mitsubishi have announced the closure of the mine.

Within a few months, and all the inhabitants had abandoned it, and the island was permanently closed. The Silent ghost town, it was used as a backdrop in the 2012 James Bond film, “Skyfall.”

Ur, Iraq

Founded in 3800 B. c., Ur was once the most powerful and populous city of the Sumerian empire. Biblical scholars know that the city was the home of Abraham for Canaan — but for the present day, a lot of people have no idea that it even existed. All of the left side of the city, which was once home to around 80,000, it is the debris, and the remains of a large Ziggurat.

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s

While Europe was in the middle Ages, far and wide in south Africa, it was a great, prosperous, modern, kingdom, skilled in metal-working, architecture and more. Zimbabwe had up to 20,000 people and extended as far as Italy.

The ruins are located in the vicinity of the present town of Masvingo, to display “architecture which is unrivaled elsewhere in Africa and beyond,” says archaeologist Peter Garlake.

The Tellem Towns And Cities Of Mali

High up in the Bandiagara Valley in Mali, West Africa, and is a host to leave the cities and towns that are similar to the Anasazi cliff dwellings of New Mexico. The former home of the Tellem pygmies, these once-bustling towns and cities that were built in the 11th century but was mysteriously abandoned in the 16th.

Chan Chan, Peru

A hundred years ago, Chan Chan, in Northern Peru, is the largest metropolitan area in south America. Built in adobe, with intricate designs on it, it was, according to the Smithsonian, “is the capital city of the Chimú civilization, which lasted from A. D. 850 to around 1470, and was the “first true engineering society in the New World.”

It fell to ruin after the Chimu were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. Today is the day, the haunting remains of a different sort of attack: as a Result of the impacts of climate change and heavy rain, the mud, and ruins that are disintegrating.

Kolmanskop: Namibia

This is a grand, ghost town, is located right in the heart of the Namib desert, in the southwestern part of the country’s current capital city, Windhoek. Built in the early part of the 20th century, diamonds have been found in the area, Which ultimately resulted in more than 10% of the work. Homes, hospitals, and schools were built, and all was going well until, in the 1930’s, when it’s easier to mine the diamonds that were discovered in the south, leading to a case of a rush. The city fell into disrepair and were abandoned by 1956.

Trellech: Wales

In the 13th century Trellech is the second largest city in Wales, and, according to Mental Floss, ” and was “composed of approximately 400 buildings have been destroyed, most likely due to a combination of terrorist attacks, fire and disease.” The discovery of the city, it was announced in march of 2017.

Taxila: Pakistan

The focal point of the ancient trade routes between Greece, Asia, and the Region, this once-great city of the Gandhara region, which is, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “is known from references in Indian and Greco-Roman literary sources and from the accounts of two Chinese Buddhist pilgrims, Faxian and Xuanzang.”

Founded in 1000 B. C., it was abandoned by the 5th century A. D. it is Now a UNESCO site, is located just to the north of present-day Islamabad, Taxila and is full of Buddhist stupas and structures were in a state of disrepair.

Merv, Turkmenistan

One of the Indian viceroy, wrote on the site in 1881, “the performance of walls, towers, battlements, ramparts, and domes, stretching out into a bewildering confusion of to the horizon, reminding us that we are at the [center] of the past greatness and glory.” As soon as one of the greatest cities in the world, the silk road, in the city of Merv was destroyed by Genghis Khan’s son in 1221, during a battle in which more than 700,000 people have died from it.

But Wonder of wonders, the place is not all the way to the ground, and the ruins that were once silent on the viceroy can still be seen today.

Pripyat: Ukraine

The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident had the city of Pripyat, which is situated in the path of the blast, and, thanks to the wind, and took the brunt of it. Once home to 50,000 people, is now deserted.

L’anse aux Meadows: the island of Newfoundland, Canada

This is a recently discovered Viking settlement, it suggests that the Scandinavian sea-raiders, discovered North America hundreds of years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Dating back to the 11th century, L’anse aux Meadows, and contains artifacts that display metal workers, ship-builders, and craftsmen lived in the old town.

This story was first published in the New York Post.

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