Traveling allows you the opportunity to see how other people live and in some cases it allows you to literally look back in time. That’s why I love to travel to ancient cities with rich historical and cultural attractions. Exploring these awesome destinations not only teaches you history but also lets you see how people lived and thrived. These ancient cities have flourished and somehow stuck around long enough for us to enjoy. Check out these mysterious ancient cities while you still can.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
If you want to see one of the largest and most unique ancient cities, you have to go check out Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The Khmer people were Hindu by religion and they created this city for the Hindu Deities as a sign of respect. Stretching over 500 acres is an intricate and detailed city filled with moats, towers and numerous reliefs depicting celestial scenes.
Rome is one of the most traveled to destinations I the world but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this splendid gem. The incredible Roman Empire left tons of cool ruins to check out. Just seeing the immense Colosseum is worth fighting through the crowds, as it’s so awesome it’s hard to explain. Just thinking about all the people that once filled this giant to see people fight each other and wild beasts to the death.
Istanbul is famous for bridging the gap between Europe and Asia, and literally being between the two continents. Check out architecture from the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire with modern flare. You can even see Moses’ staff, which is in a museum.
Myanmar has gone through some serious political turmoil over the past few decades but now that that has all quieted down, people can finally enjoy the awesome Bagan temples. These Buddhist temples are all centrally located along the banks of the Irrawaddy River and create a magical ambiance. You will find much smaller crowds than at Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu. I suggest a boat tour and see as many temples as you can, they are so cool.
Come to Tokyo for all the modern conveniences and come to Kyoto for a trip back in time. Spend hours touring the ancient city and its magical Zen gardens and tea ceremonies. Feel like you are in Imperial Japan and walk the line between history and technology as tech giants like Nintendo are located in Kyoto.
Machu Picchu. Peru
You can’t have a list on ancient cities without including Machu Picchu; the Incan city perched upon a mountaintop. There is no easy way to reach the summit of these Andes Mountains, so be prepared for a long hike. Once you reach the top, you’ll realize just how impressive this city truly is. It was built over 500 years ago and is still in incredible shape.
Athens is a city that is literally overflowing with ancient ruins. If you are a lover of history than Greece is an obvious choice. The creator of democracy and modern civilization, Greece is technically all our homes.
The ancient world is waiting for you to discover it, before it’s wiped away for ever.