Even though the world’s largest cities are home to incredible skyscrapers and high bridges, some of the most incredible buildings ever constructed are older. Kings and other powerful people have always been enamored of architecture, which explains why there are numerous breathtaking buildings that date back thousands of years. The top 20 most impressive and outstanding architectural wonders of the ancient world:
The Great Wall of China
What better place to begin than with China’s Great Wall? The wall, which encircles nearly 4,000 miles of China’s surface, was erected by the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C.
There is no denying that the pyramids are the most well-known of the amazing prehistoric architectural structures. The amazing thing about the pyramids is that they were extremely challenging to construct, and many conspiracy theorists think alien assistance was required.
The Roman Aqueducts
The Aqueducts are among the most famous structures that the Roman Empire constructed during its rule. These aqueducts are noteworthy because they demonstrate the engineering prowess of Roman engineers in 145 B.C.
The City of the Sun
The enormous temple known as The City of the Sun is situated in Baalbek, Lebanon. One of the most beautiful prehistoric architectural wonders in the world, the temple features numerous charming courtyards, stone stairways, and other architectural designs.
The Temple of Hera must be mentioned since we are discussing ancient temples. The temple was constructed in Italy, and it is crammed with numerous stone columns honoring the goddess Hera.
Although the UK is home to many amazing prehistoric architectural marvels, Stonehenge stands out the most. Lots of people believe that this place was built by ancient druids so that they can have a meeting place for rituals.
Ireland is home to the prehistoric monument known as Newgrange. The monument was erected in the Neolithic era around 3,200 B.C., and it is crammed with sleeping chambers. We can be certain that it was a difficult task to dig up this enormous hill.
Al Khazneh is a rose-colored stone structure that can be found in Petra, Jordan. The fact that everything is carved out of sandstone gives rise to the nickname “underground city” for this marvel of prehistoric architecture. In the first century A.D., thieves also used this location as a hiding place.
As we can clearly see in the picture featured above, AchitChandi Baori is one of the most incredible prehistorical wonders to ever be discovered. The wonder is situated in India, and local lore claims that it was constructed by ghosts who desired a place to rest. The 13 stories of the AchitChand Baori!
In Malta, there are a total of 11 megalithic temples. The temples were constructed between the years 3,000 and 700 B.C. These temples are referred to as “the oldest freestanding buildings” by archaeologists and historians.
Ancient Greek Parthenon on the Acropolis
The Ancient Greek Parthenon, which is situated on the Acropolis, is the perfect example of this. Italy is always a popular vacation destination because it is home to many amazing architectural wonders.
Turkey is home to the Gobekli Tepe, which has almost 200 pillars. Not only that, but this architectural marvel also boasts numerous animal-themed carvings on hundreds of rock statues. A little bit more than 60 tons is the weight of the pillars in Gobekli Tepe.
Ggantija Malta in Gozo
This is a complex prehistoric structure that is made from two megalithic temples which are located on the Maltese island of Gozo. The two temples are the oldest religious structures ever discovered. They were constructed sometime around 3,600 B.C.
The Olmec Heads
These two enormous heads, which date from between 1500 and 1,000 BC, were discovered in Mexico. The two heads’ respective weights of roughly fifty tons each is what amazes me the most.
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple located in Indonesia. More than 500 stone-carved Buddha statues can be found inside the 9th-century temple. Even today, people still come to the old temple to pray.
Spain is renowned for its incredible architects such as Gaudi. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this amazing looking palace named The Alhambra is located in Spain.
Tumulos of Bougon
The Tumulos of Bougon is a tunnel dug by humans through a mound and is situated in France. A 90-ton capstone that covers the passage’s entire central hall is located inside the passage’s rectangular chamber.
Knap of Howar
Built in 3,700 B.C., Knap of Howar is renowned for being the oldest house in Northern Europe. The home is a farmstead that once served as the home of a powerful ancient family.
Cairn of Gavrinis
The walls of this megalithic monument are covered in tens of thousands of works of megalithic art. The Carin of Gavrinis, which was constructed in 3,500 B.C., is evidence of the incredible Neolithic dry stone architecture.
Theater of Marcellus
It was built by none other than the renowned Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, who also commissioned the Theatre of Marcellus, which is situated in Italy. Up to 20,000 people could fit in the theater, which still has many stunning columns, stairways, and arches.
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