Friday, May 27, 2011

10 Lost Cities Of The World

Recently I received an email from my darling brother on 10 LOST CITIES OF THE WORLD, and I thought it would be a great idea to share as some of it we are familiar with. However when I googled, there was a slight different from the list I received versus the Yahoo list, a few that wasn't in Yahoo's was El Dorado, Atlantis and 1 or 2 more that I have successfully forgotten, yikes!

Anyway, regardless of, the below is as good; or I will just do another entry on the missing LOST CITIES *wink wink*.

Well, hope you enjoy this "LOST" knowledge. Hhahhaha...

1. Petra, Jordan

MY DREAM!!!! First time I saw this was in Indiana Jones…. Since then I longed to visit this again. In fact am trying to persuade my brother to accompany me, telling him that there was a scene in Transformer 2 that was shot at this place. Seriously, google it! Man! You need to relate history with robots in order to persuade them… sigh… Pray for me that this will work!

Wikipedia :
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

I have seen the pic before but can never remember the name, hemm…. Should I include in my traveling list? *ponder wonder*.

Wikipedia :
Chichen Itza "at the mouth of the well of the Itza" is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Municipality of Tinúm, Yucatán state, present-day Mexico.

3. Derinkuyu Underground City, Turkey

Am lost here, as I never heard this before. However, aren’t you just impress on the tunnel network?? Reminded me of Cu Chi Tunnel in Saigon.

Wikipedia :
Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nevs,ehir Province, Turkey. With its eleven floors extending to a depth of approximately 85 m, it was large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is part of a network of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia.

4. Machu Picchu, Peru

Obviously I haven’t been here and doubt I ever will for the very obvious reason $$$$$. BUT, I know this great travelholic friend of mine that covered South America in 2-3 months within the 6 months he was base there (for study! Yup!!! He is a student)… He is the one in I "heart Malaysia" white shirt. Gosh! Am sooo green with envy. FuFu 加油!!!

Wikipedia :
Machu Picchu "Old Peak" is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. 5/29/11It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

5. Angkor Wat

It IS HUGE. And the city has long gone, only the ruins remains. One must visit this place.

Wikipedia :

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "City Temple"; Angkor is a vernacular form of the word nokor which comes from the Sanskrit word nagara meaning capital or city. Wat is the Khmer word for temple. Prior to this time the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.

6. Pre-Roman Carthage, Tunisia

Am lost here, I read and read and read.... and still lost but don't mind going if its free *wink wink*.

Wikipedia :
Carthage is a major urban centre that has existed for nearly 3,000 years on the Gulf of Tunis. The first civilization that developed within the city's sphere of influence is referred to as Punic (a form of the word "Phoenician") or Carthaginian.

The city of Carthage is located on the eastern side of Lake Tunis across from the centre of Tunis. According to Roman legend it was founded in 814 BC by Phoenician colonists from Tyre under the leadership of Elissa (Queen Dido). It became a large and rich city and thus a major power in the Mediterranean.

7. Pompeii, Italy

YESS!!!! I went to Italy for 3 weeks and pass by Pompeii but my cousin decided to proceed directly to Sorento. Argh......

Wikipedia :
The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD.

The eruption buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for over 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. It is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8. Memphis, Egypt

Interesting! Hey! It's me... Hahhaha

Wikipedia :

Memphis was the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch, the first nome of Lower Egypt. Its ruins are located near the town of Helwan, south of Cairo.

As for the Giza pyramid complex, which includes among other structures the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, is surrounded by a cyclopean stone wall, the Wall of the Crow, and discovered a worker's town, otherwise known as "The Lost City".

9. Teotihuacan, Mexico

I remembered seeing this in a documentary before was truly fascinated withi it. Apparently the math calculation of the pyramids is still a wonder to the learned.

Wikipedia :
Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals.

The city was thought to have been established around 100 BCE and continued to be built until about 250 CE. The city may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The site and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

10. The Mosque City of Bagerhat, Bangladesh

Am surprise that one of the lost cities is located in Bangladesh, in fact seriously; I have not heard of this place before despite it is in Forbes and UNESCO list. Oh well... It is not in my current to go list as yet.

Wikipedia :
The Mosque City of Bagerhat
is a formerly lost city, located in the suburbs of Bagerhat city in Bagerhat District, in the Khulna Division of southwest of Bangladesh. The historic city, listed by Forbes as one of the 15 lost cities of the world, has more than 50 Islamic monuments which have been found after removing the vegetation that had obscured them from view for many centuries. The site has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 of which the Sixty Pillar Mosque (Shat Gombuj Masjid in Urda), constructed with 60 pillars and 77 domes, is the most well known.

Fee a little bit knowledgeable now? Hehehee....I know I did :)

Hyperlink & photo credits : Wikipedia, Nice World Tour, Baixaki, Go Tour Turkey/Kick The Mall Out, City Image, Auburn Abroad in Italy, Ray Alex Website, Bangladesh Life, Travel Tourism, Yahoo


fufu said...

hohohoho :) yeah machu picchu is awesome! you gotta go there XD my next target is mexico now!!! lol

Netster said...

I need to borrow some of the picture and put my face there pretending I'm already been there hahahaha

You're lucky to get to go places :)


Sérgio Pontes said...

It must be wonderful places to visit

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wonderful list! my husband and I are heading to Angkor Wat in a few months for our anniversary! I definitely hope to get to chichen Itza and Macchu Picchu some day!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Biqque said...

nak pi tgk abu simbelllllll!

Rafael Lam said...

I only went to Pompeii, Italy... of course it's great!

Really need to prepare to visit all these lost cities!

Emm said...

Oh dear! I haven't been to any of those. How sad. I have been to Ephesus in Turkey though!

Hidayah Hussin said...

woooowwwww!!! jealous! jealous tgk kak lily slalu travel. I wish i hv A LOT of money too.
p/s : ahem...kak lily, did u forget the giveaway that i won? the HK n Japan magnets as well plizz~ *muka kesian n xmalu* hehe

snowwhite said...

Oh, this is a very interesting post!! I am especially interested in Machu Picchu where, I have heard, blood circulation is accelerated by magnetic field and sick people are cured. Lost cities sound so exciting and fascinating and intriguing. Thanks for sharing!!

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Harun Ar said...

Hai Cantik, Thank's for your info, visit back ya...?

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