Some structures have retained their grandeur even at the state of near destruction. No house, village, palace or theater looked this majestic even with its shattered walls and torn roofs. These ruins serve as symbols of ancient civilizations’ greatness, and are definitely worth visiting.
Parthenon in Greece must be the most admired ancient structure around the world. This temple for the Greek goddess Athena was built in 5th century BC. Today, even at its ruin, you can still see the superiority and beauty of Ancient Greek architecture. Click here and get an American Airline gift card to have a cheaper flight to Greece!
If the Greeks pride themselves with the Parthenon, the Roman’s have the Colosseum as their greatest architectural construction. This amphitheatre used to house Rome’s violent spectacles such as gladiator fights and executions for the enjoyment of 50,000 viewers. It later had many other uses, but now, it remains a symbol of a great ancient civilization.
As featured in the movie Tomb Raider, Cambodia also has its share of great ruins. The Angkor Wat built in the 12th century and is naturally facing some challenges of deterioration. But despite the threat of inevitable erosion through time, this temple can hardly be called a ruin. There are few ruined towers but as a whole, Angkor Wat is well conserved, maintained and taken care of.
In New Mexico, plenty of Pueblos which were home to various ancient communities are being preserved and are open for public tours. History buffs and art lovers will marvel at the adobe structures characteristic of ancient architecture. The Aztec Ruins National Monument is a must-see for anyone traveling to New Mexico.
Andalusia in Spain has a distinct Moorish influence in their architecture. The Alcazaba in Malaga is one perfect example of this influence. Like most ruins, this alcazaba dates centuries back Spanish history. Upon entering the Alcazaba of Malaga, one will see another magnificent structure, a Roman Theater. Fly to Malaga now and witness this grandeur!
The Inca tribe proved to be great artists. They produced beautifully intricate textiles, but their fine architecture of Machu Picchu in Peru proved their excellence in architecture. Not only are the ruins aesthetically marvelous, the materials used and engineering are also praiseworthy. The Incas were one of the world’s best practitioners of the ashlar technique, where mortar is not used to keep stones together. The materials for their buildings were cut perfectly to fit each other so it would stand strong even without mortar.
Great ruins become symbols and sources of national pride. When visiting any of these places, it is a sin not to get a close look at these majestic ruins.
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