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Ancient Ruins Worth a Visit

Building techniques are always improving. But if we cast our eye back a couple of thousand years, we can really marvel at how talented our building ancestors were! Here we’ve found some of the best ancient ruins still standing.

1. Stonehenge
Historians believe Stonehenge was built between 3000BC to 2000BC. These Neolithic DIYers created a masterpiece. The monuments entrance faces the sun on the day of the summer solstice. So some believe was used as a calendar by early astronomers!

Image source:  "Stonehenge-Green" by Mactographer - Own work. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons -
Image source: “Stonehenge-Green” by Mactographer – Own work. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons –

2. Coliseum
Building began at the Coliseum between 73-75AD. The creators used all the latest Roman arts, engineering and architecture techniques of the time. One of which was the use of concrete! Which allowed these Roman Handy Andys to build quickly & efficiently.

Image source: "Colosseum in Rome, Italy - April 2007" by Diliff - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons -
Image source: “Colosseum in Rome, Italy – April 2007″ by Diliff – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons –

3. Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is listed as one of the 7 wonders of the new world. The above is the El Castillo building at the site. It is a 79-foot pyramid of stone!

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Image source:”By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0]via Wikimedia Commons

4. Great Pyramids of Giza
These superb buildings still puzzle many how they were actually built. It is believed they were built in 2560 BC. There is huge debate whether stones were dragged, lifted or rolled into place.

Image source: By Jerome Bon from Paris, France (Giza Pyramids) [CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons"
Image source: By Jerome Bon from Paris, France (Giza Pyramids) [CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons”

5. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is over 21,000km long! It was built over 2,300 years ago. Soldiers, prisoners and peasants all contributed to building the Great Wall. It was built using brick, wood and clay.

Image source: "The Great Wall-Badaling-2004 ". Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: “The Great Wall-Badaling-2004 “. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

6. Newgrange
Newgrange was constructed over 5000 years ago. It is estimated over 200,000 tons of materials was used in the creation of the site. And that it took over 30 years to construct!

Image source: By Jimmy Harris (Flickr )CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: By Jimmy Harris (Flickr )CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

7. Pompeii
The city of Pompeii was created between the 6th and 7th century. The city was destroyed in 79AD when a nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Image source: "Pompeya.Anfiteatro y palestra retouched" by Fer.filol - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: “Pompeya.Anfiteatro y palestra retouched” by Fer.filol – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

8. Cappadocia
Located in Turkey, Cappadocia is famous for its “Fairy Chimney” landscape. This unique landscape and its ruins have been created by volcanic activity and erosion. The soft but firm rock has enabled people to build houses, monasteries and underground cities.

By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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