Have you ever visited an incredible place and felt like you were taken back into some exotic time and land? It’s one of the perks of being able to travel across the globe. This kind of experience is once in a lifetime and transforms you into a totally different person. It’s like discovering a side of you, you never knew.
Our planet is very big and very old which means there’s a lot to be explored and discovered. Though human civilization has only existed for a fraction of the Earth’s age, we have been able to create to some truly mind-blowing structures that pushed the limits of technology and machinery in their time. Let’s admire these ancient marvels of the world and write them on our bucket list at the same time.
Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an ancient fort that was rediscovered in Sri Lanka, back in 1831. The Culavamsa, the ancient monarchs of Sri Lanka ruled by King Kashyapa chose the site to be his center after a successful coup against his half-brother, Moggallana. The ancient text explains that King Kashyapa quickly transformed the rock formation and surrounding area into a bustling city and massive fortress.
The development of the place is considered extremely advanced for its time by historians and archaeologists. King Kashyapa’s plans used the natural landmarks in the area like the Lion Rock itself to his advantage in constructing the rest of Sigiriya. Researchers have also found a complex water system that includes reservoirs and even hydraulic systems that still work to this day. If that’s not amazing, then I don’t know what is.
11. Impressive City
The city also flaunts awe-inspiring gardens like water, boulder, and terraced; and massive wall paintings are done in a style that resemble artwork from the Anuradhapura period, that are found nowhere else in the world.
Another uncommon hallmark of the site is The Mirror Wall, a brick wall that is covered in white plaster and was polished so perfectly that it became reflective. The wall is no longer kept in the same condition, but it serves as a primary historical artifact in its current form. Although it’s now illegal, visitors from different periods some as far back as the 8th century have left messages on the wall.
10. Göbekli Tepe
The Göbekli Tepe or also called as Potbelly Hill is a mysterious ancient site found on top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of modern-day Turkey. The site has only been partially excavated about 5%, and archeologists still aren’t sure what it was used for.
Thanks to carbon dating, we know that Göbekli Tepe was likely built around the 9th millennium BCE. For comparison, the great Pyramid of Giza was built around 2800 BCE, making the Göbekli Tepe over 6,000 years older. Researchers believed that the people who built the structure were hunters who, for whatever reason, lived in a village.
9. Religious Ceremonies
One theory for the purpose of Göbekli Tepe comes from Klaus Schmidt. He believes that the structure was used in religious ceremonies, calling it a cathedral on a hill. He theorized that it was a major religious gathering place for a cult of the dead because of the animals carved everywhere. He claims that the animals were meant to protect the dead and that, if he is correct, there should be tombs hidden in some parts of the site that have yet to be excavated.
Even though it’s still unclear what the purpose of Göbekli Tepe was, the importance of the discovery should not be underestimated. If the archaeologists’ theories about the site are correct, it means that our understanding of life during this period might completely change.