Just imagine, there are so many incredible places that are hidden underneath the soil, sand or water. You have no idea about them, you might even be sitting directly on top of one, yet they are injected with valuable historical and cultural secrets. Here’s a list of 3 important sites that were uncovered by archaeologists and now serve as popular tourist destinations.
Palace of Cleopatra
The ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra was said to like unique rituals and milk baths. But where did she enjoy such luxuries? The answer to this question has been a mystery for centuries until the scientists have found the remnants of her palace not far away from the waters of Alexandria.
The palace was said to be ruined by an earthquake around 1600 years ago. Thankfully, ancient texts left by Greek historian named Strabo, who guided the scientists to the are of the sunken island of Antirhodos.
If you want to visit the columns, bowls, and sculptures that are on display underwater can be access while diving. You can swim over the palace that was once the seat of Cleopatra. How cool is that?
It is suggested that the palace sunk more than 100 years after Cleopatra’s death, but it was hardly populated. The waters of the bay are quite calm and shallow, which has helped the preservation of the palace. The bay is now being cleaned, so that the area can be turned into an underwater archaeological park and host more travelers.
The Ruins of Pompeii
The deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius has covered the entire city and its residence with lava. The tragedy took place in 79 AD, after which the original Pompeii was forgotten and a new city started to expand next to it. The ancient remnants where discovered in 1599.
The most shocking of all displays are the stoned bodies of Pompeii residents. Their shapes and forms are preserved perfectly, showing every minor position they held during the eruption. There are children, couples, dogs, remnants of architecture and art. Lave froze the famous city in time and you can visit this destination for a touching archaeological experience.
The ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a 250-year tourist destination. A trip to this city can be combined with the neighboring Naples, which is also partially built on the bloody mountain.
The latest movie “Pompeii” has made this site even more crowded, but don’t expect to come across a Hollywood-star-looking gladiator that’s ready to save you anytime.
The Ancient Delphi
Delphi is an ancient Greek city which is surrounded by a veil of legends. The most interesting one refers to the temple of Apollo and its Oracle. It was believed that this Oracle was influenced directly by the ancient gods. He used to consult kings, queens, conquerors, and others. No political decision was made without first discussing it with the Delphi oracle.
The temple of Apollo was one of the most important temples of ancient Greece. Today it’s one of the most popular destinations of the country. Ironically, there are only a few columns left, which are visited by hundreds of travelers from around the world. The details of the interior are still not clearly understood. Maybe this is kept for future generations, and we can simply enjoy the mystery.
Besides the temple, you should also visit the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, the Delphi museum, and the amphitheater. Unfortunately, the majority of buildings are greatly damaged, but the ancient Greek atmosphere will surely captivate the travelers.
This city, too, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.