It is hard to believe that entire cities could become lost – some for centuries or even millennia – but it happens. We explore the most ancient civilizations and their long lost cities.
If you’re fascinated by times past, you can visit the remains of many lost cities today. Whilst it won’t make you the next Indiana Jones, it certainly is fascinating to see how people might have lived long ago in another time. Amidst crumbling ruins and submerged remnants of once great cities, we can glean a lot about the past! Cue our list of some of the most ancient civilizations and their lost cities.
Many lost cities are the product of serious scientific exploration. The remains are often open to visitors, and scientific and archeological research are ongoing. Some of these cities are discovered by accident, while others are the product of a more structured search. We will visit some of these sites below.
Near Alexandria in Egypt, you will find the city of Heracleion. Well, you’ll find it if you happen to be swimming underwater. The ruins of this ancient city sit under 30 feet of water in Abu Qir Bay. The city existed more than 3,000 years ago and was known to the Greeks. In the latter Pharaonic period, Heracleion was Egypt’s primary port. Built on a cluster of islands, Heracleion was eventually eclipsed by the city of Alexandria. It may have been named for Heracles, the divine hero of Greek mythology, as he was thought to have visited the city. It is also thought that Helen of Troy and the legendary figure Paris had been stranded in the city as they fled from King Menelaus.
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