The 15 Most Beautiful Archaeological Sites Around The World

 The civilizations of our world are ancient and have left traces of their passages. Today, it is possible to visit them, immerse yourself in them and discover their secrets. It is always very impressive to visit an archaeological site. Internally, it's impossible not to wonder what the daily life of these people was like, or what they had to endure to elevate their people to the level of civilization... This also allows you to refocus, put things into perspective and learn a lot. on oneself as on the other. Discover the 15 most beautiful archaeological sites in the world, conquering lost arches, temples and other crystal skulls.

Be adventurous, put on your hat, take your sunscreen, and go explore ancient times!


1. Stonehenge , England

Dating from the Bronze Age, Stonehenge remains to this day probably the most famous and mysterious archaeological site in England. Indeed, it is impossible to understand what pushed the natives of the time to erect such a stone monument. Although human bones were found on the edge, we do not know whether it was a solar cult, a funerary monument or an astronomical observatory. You have to go there to form an opinion.


2. The Colosseum , Italy

The Colosseum is located right in the center of Rome , the Italian capital. This immense amphitheater was built in 70 AD, and was then a real feat of the Roman Empire. Its dimensions are impressive: it could accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. Today in ruins, it was used especially during Antiquity for gladiator fights and major spectacles of the time.


3. Mycenae, Peloponnese, Greece

Does visiting an ancient pre-Hellenic site in an extraordinary state of conservation mean something to you? Then discover Mycenae, an ancient city “rich in gold” dating from 1500 BC! Pass through the Lioness Gate, see the Treasure of Atreus, and immerse yourself in an ancient atmosphere, where the daily life of the Mycenaean population still resonates...


4. Machu Picchu , Peru

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca fortress , witness to a splendid era, and perched at more than 2400 meters, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Its construction began in the 15th century, but was never completed: it was abandoned at the fall of the Inca empire, then forgotten.

In 1911, it was rediscovered incredibly well preserved in its natural and intact setting. Recognized as one of the 7 new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is today one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world.


5. Teotihuacán , Mexico

Teotihuacán is a wonderful site, about fifty kilometers from Mexico City . According to specialists, and even if they do not agree on the authors of the construction, the city of the Gods would have been erected around 200 years before our era. It was one of the most important of its time, its size and its remains bear witness to this. Today, you can discover the extent of the site and marvel at the impressive Pyramid of the Sun. We advise you to go there early in the morning, as soon as it opens (7:00 a.m.) to avoid the numerous groups of tourists.


6. Cliff Palace, United States


Dug into the cliff, Cliff Palace is an immense ruined building in Mesa Verde National Park, in the state of Colorado. Between the end of the 10th century and 1260, between 150 and 200 rooms as well as 20 kivas were set up there. Kivas are round rooms, often having a religious ceremonial purpose. Two tribes of the Anasazi civilization are suspected of having lived there and of having abandoned the place around 1300.


7. Easter Island, Chile

This is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Easter Island is an isolated island off the coast of Chile. However, an ancient civilization found and conquered it, between the 2nd and 7th centuries: the Easter Islanders. No certainty about its origin, its history or why it became extinct. Nevertheless, we are sure that this civilization has erected, over the decades, these enormous men or stone heads, present throughout the island, the Moai. Symbols of an entire civilization, they are also its only vestiges.


8. Cappadocia , Turkey

Cappadocia is a region in eastern Turkey, on the Asia Minor side. At the heart of certain valleys in the region, it is possible to observe an impressive rock formation: fairy chimneys. But the most extraordinary is in the Devrent Valley. Some chimneys have windows recalling that the places were frequented by anchorite communities from the 4th century...


9. The temples of Angkor , Cambodia

A true pride of the Cambodian people, the Angkor temple is located in Siem Reap. It is a tourist hotspot but also one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world. You should know that the very first stones of the site have been dated to 1800 years BC. The temples that we see today were built a little later, around the year 900. The immense religious complex still allows locals to worship in certain buildings.


10. Bagan, Burma

What is interesting to see in Bagan are the Buddhist temples. Overall very old, some still date from the 11th century! Many influences come into play in their construction, which took place over several centuries. The area to explore extends over nearly fifty square kilometers where nearly 2,800 temples are scattered, some of which are in ruins!


11. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

The fortress at the top of the famous “Lion Rock” lives up to its incredible history! It would have been built, in the 5th century, in fear of family reprisals, with the desire to see danger emerging. An atypical construction which is worth a thousand times the detour, both for the beauty of the place, terraces and walls, and the breathtaking view. From a height of 370 meters, you will discover a breathtaking panorama of the jungle, its surroundings and the horizon.


12. Petra , Jordan

A Nabataean jewel, Petra is a city with quite surprising architecture. It was during Antiquity that the city was born, towards the end of the 8th century BC. The particular geology of the place pushed its inhabitants to dig monuments out of the stone. Which makes it one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world.

Today, we can visit temples, tombs whose facades are carved from pink sandstone. Magnificent and atypical, the Khazneh is probably the most famous building of all.


13. The Pyramids of Giza , Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world, a must-see. Much fantasized in fiction, and sometimes even among researchers, they emerged from the earth more than 4000 years ago. The three most famous pyramids of Giza are those of Khufu, Chephren and Mykerinos. Funerary temples, today you can visit these masterpieces of Ancient Egypt.


14. Volubilis, Morocco

The archaeological site of Volubilis is located north of Meknes. These are the ruins of an ancient Roman city, built in the 3rd century BC. Trade is what constituted its economic wealth before gradually withering away, until it fell into ruins. Today, there remain some very beautiful mosaics, columns and stone walls, witnesses of a bygone prosperous time.


15. Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

In the heart of southern Africa stand imposing ruins, those of an ancient medieval city. It would have been erected between the 13th and 15th centuries. These ruins are witnesses to a rich civilization: in fact, pearls, porcelain, gold and copper have been found there. For this reason, they were ransacked, but are now protected. Despite this, it is possible to visit them, although they do not benefit from the same tourist spotlight as other places in the country.

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