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IN Travel & Adventure ON 21 May, 2015
Who doesn't love the thrill of an enigma?
Well, lucky for all those who are hardcore fans of the phenomenon called mystery as it exists outside books and movies as well. Talking about the mysterious occurrences, there are plenty of enigmatic places in the world.
Here's a compilation of some of the most inexplicable buildings and ruins in the world. Check these out!
This is the largest Roman temple ever constructed, but today, it is in ruins. And guess where it is? It's not in Greece or Rome, but Baalbek, Lebanon. Surprising, right?
History says that the temple was destroyed under Byzantine Emperor Theodosius, but at present, 6 of its original 54 columns still stand. In recent times, not much of it has been explored or surveyed due to the raging war. However, lucky for us, this graceful histological site has stayed out of harm's way, and so maybe one day we can know what made this place so important and special to the Romans.
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua, is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, most famous for its monumental statues which were created by the Rapanui people.
The statues, called moai, were part of the ancestral worship of the island's settlers and were carved between 1250 and 1500 CE. The heaviest moai weighs as much as 86 tons!
The question here is, how did these ancient people move these moai around on the island, which it seems to have been the case!
A group of researchers using sonar to look for shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake Michigan got quite a surprise when they found what appears to be an ancient Stonehenge-like structure 40 feet beneath the surface of the water.
Some of the stones are arranged in a circle and one appears to show carvings of a mastodon. The mystery here is the simple pair of questions: Why, and How?
Machu Picchu is the most well-preserved city of the Inca empire, hidden in the Peruvian Andes high on a steep mountain with a flattened top, a location that helped it escape notice by Spanish conquistadors.
For centuries it remained hidden and forgotten, until being rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. The stones here are squeezed together so tightly that even a knife blade wouldn't pass through!
On a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia stands one of the world's most bizarre and mysterious monuments. But it wasn't created during ancient times.
Known as the 'Georgia Guidestones', this stone structure of five 16-feet-tall, 20-ton slabs of polished granite is inscribed in eight languages – including Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Hindi and Swahili – with instructions for dazed post-apocalyptic survivors attempting to rebuild civilization. Need I say more of how this is mysterious?
This is perhaps the most popular monument of all! It's composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and is believed to have been built around 2500 BC but has been revised and remodeled over a period of more than 1400 years. But the real mystery here is why they were ever built in the first place?
Just north of the border with Syria, in southern Turkey, there are three megalithic stone circles several thousand years older than the "first" stone circle built at Stonehenge. Strangely, these ancient stone circles were built by a hunter-gatherer society.
It is believed that humongous structures such as this couldn't be built until human society reached the village stage of development.
At Alexandria, lay the remains of what is thought to have been the castle of Cleopatra. Earthquakes over 1,500 years ago are responsible for casting the city into the sea, along with artifacts, statues and other things of Cleopatra's palace.
Tourists are allowed to dive in and see for themselves the underwater museum that today exists there.