Saturday, November 9, 2019

Abandoned cities and towns

Cantona

Remnants of heavily fortified ancient Mesoamerican city from 600 – 1000 AD. Unusual due to high concentration of ballcourts – 24 found so far....

Los Guachimontones

Remnants of ancient city of Teuchitlan culture, 300 BC - 900 AD. Characteristic monument – 10 unusual stepped circular pyramids up to 18 m...

Joya de Cerén (Joya de Ceren)

Many centuries ago the Mayan village, now called Joya de Ceren, experienced sudden disaster - the eruption of nearby Loma volcano covered the village...

Palmyra

One of the richest and most sophisticated cities of antiquity was Palmyra. Today one can only imagine what impression this beautiful city left on...

La Quemada

Remnants of ancient city from 300 - 1200 AD, it is unclear which culture built it. Architecture of structures resembles the style of great...

Monte Albán

One of the earliest urban centers in Mesoamerica, center of Zapotec culture for nearly 1000 years. Founded sometimes around 500 BC and inhabited until...

Las de Paquimé

The most impressive ruins of the so called Casas Grandes monuments. Remnants of ancient settlement from 1130 – 1300 AD. Gradually evolved into multi-storied...

Uxmal

Once important center of the ancient Maya culture where exceptionally well-preserved structures stand up to this day. Could be founded as early as in...

Persepolis

If one compares Persepolis to the marvels of modern architecture it becomes clear: not that much has been achieved over the last 2500 years....

Merv

Nothing is forever - even Merv today is in ruins. This city existed for some 2000 years and for a while it was the...