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  • Colosseum on Random Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World

    (#5) Colosseum

    • Rome, Italy

    Now known as the Colosseum, this giant amphitheater in Rome began construction under the reign of Emperor Vespasian in the 70s CE. His son Titus finished it up a few years later, celebrating with 100 days of games and fights. The huge arena inside was covered in sand, perhaps dyed red to conceal blood, and played host to gladiatorial combats, sea battles (they flooded the arena for these), and wild animal fights. Also called the Flavian Amphitheater - named for Vespasian and Titus, whose family name was Flavius - it could seat between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. 

  • Terracotta Army on Random Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World

    (#4) Terracotta Army

    • Xi'an, China

    Qin Shih Huang Di, the first official emperor of a united China, was an extraordinary, yet brutal, ruler. Born Ying Zheng, Emperor Qin took to the throne at age 13 in 246 BCE. He believed in military power, and rapidly expanded China's borders with force. He is also credited for building the first part of what is now known as the Great Wall of China. 

    Through his life, Qin was on a quest for immortality and was obsessed with death. Almost immediately after ascending to the throne, he commissioned his tomb to be built in modern-day Xi'an. He employed 700,000 workers to build a personal army of 6,000 terracotta statues of soldiers and horses, each one with individualized features and insignia of rank. Uncovered in the 1970s, this "terracotta army" would accompany the king in life just as they did in life.

  • Ziggurat of Ur on Random Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World

    (#9) Ziggurat of Ur

    • Iraq

    The Ziggurat is a stepped pyramid constructed with a series of mud and brick platforms in ancient Mesopotamia. At the end of the 3rd millennium BCE., King Ur-Nammu of Ur, a Mesopotamian city-state, began to build monumental temple-towers in the form of ziggurats. Surrounded by a double wall and containing a sacred space dedicated to the god Nanna, the moon god on the top, the entire complex once occupied 124 acres. Basically, the higher up you went, the more sacred and exclusive the space. 

  • Angkor Wat on Random Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World

    (#3) Angkor Wat

    • Cambodia

    Angkor Wat was the former epicenter of the Khmer kingdom in what is now known as Cambodia. This massive temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world. The temple complex and the surrounding city began construction in the 9th century (not technically 'the Ancient World,' fine) and its main temple was erected in the 12th century. Khmer King Suryavarman II transformed the temple from a monument to the Hindu god Vishnu to a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.

    The complete complex is absolutely massive. It is about 402 acres, equipped with a 213-foot-tall tower and surrounded by a giant moat. The nearby city was also quite large at its height - nearly a million people lived there. 

  • Ciudad Perdida on Random Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World

    (#7) Ciudad Perdida

    • Colombia

    Ciudad Perdida - located in Colombia - literally translates from Spanish to "the Lost City." It was built 300 years after Machu Piccu - another ancient Latin America site - and spread out over 75 acres. It has 200 buildings that can be accessed by a 1,200 step staircase. But it probably wasn't a ceremonial center like Machu Picchu. It most likely served as a residential city where only a few thousand people lived. It remained occupied until the Spanish conquistadors invaded and massacred the inhabitants about 400 years after it was built.

    It was rediscovered in 1972 by a group of treasure looters who found the stone staircase. Inside the city, they found gold figurines and ceramic urns, which they sold on the black market. Archeologist discovered the artifacts, and four years later made their way to the lost city. Local native tribes said they always knew of the city's existence but kept quiet about it. 

  • Petra on Random Underrated Historical Monuments That Should Be Wonders of the Ancient World

    (#1) Petra

    • Jordan

    This stunning city served as a crossroads between many different trade routes in the late 1st century BCE, but what makes this city truly unforgettable is its amazing architecture. Many of its tombs and other buildings are made with intricate stonework. While some buildings are free standing, many are carved out of the side of mountains and rockfaces. It also has a complex hydraulic engineering system throughout the city. The people that lived here during its early years were known for their skilled craftsmanship of textiles, metals, and pottery. 

    In modern times, the city is most recognized from the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The city still has gorgeous temples, including Al-Khazneh, or "the Treasury." Builders of this ancient city combined diverse cultural influences from the many travelers residing there or passing through. Because of this, Petra features a diversity of buildings, ranging from theaters to dining rooms, cut from the living rock.

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Human civilization has a long history. There are as many historical monuments as stars on the earth that record the history and culture of mankind and are the crystallization of human wisdom. There are countless monuments in the world, and some have a history of hundreds or even thousands of years. Although some underrated sites only have bricks now, they are still fascinating.

With the advancement of technology, archaeologists can use technology to restore the original appearances of these underrated historical monuments, allowing more people to see the wonders of the ancient world. Here the random tool collected 16 amazing monuments around the world.

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