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Wonder World: 6 Lesser Known Ancient Wonders Of The World

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Our planet is actually a wonder world. In every country, every city we can find something amazing, be it a place, a monument, an architecture or something else. We all know the Seven Wonders of the World but our world has many such places we don’t know about or know very little. Sometimes we amazed to think that how the ancient people create these masterpieces in that time without any modern technology and machine.

Let’s take a tour to such 6 places

The Valley of Love, Ireland

valley of love

No one heard more about it as it is the lost wonder of the world. For many years this valley of love is hidden from the main world. This is a beautiful place situated in Ireland and it is one mile high and wide. It is believed that an unknown ancient race in the country built this valley.  It is also said that the race still inhabited in the distant part of the country.

memorial of joy
Memorial of Joy

According to the people, this valley is older than the pyramids of the Egypt, 3000 years older than the pyramids. On the top of the valley, one can find a structure known as the ‘Memorial of Joy’. This is an outstanding piece of art. This sculpture also has a dynamic interior with functionality.

Derinkuyu, Turkey
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This is an ancient multi-level underground city situated in the Derinkuyu district Nevşehir Province, Turkey. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey. The depth of this underground city is 60 m (200 feet). The city is large enough to have sheltered at least 20,000 people together with enough food and livestock.

It was built between the 7th and 8th Century BCE. The underground complex was built to protect against the attacks from marauding armies.

underground underground city

This underground city could be closed from the inside with large stone doors and each floor could be closed off separately. It has all the usual facilities such as wine and oil presses, cellars, stables, storage rooms, refectories, passages, tunnels, corridors and chapels as well as 15,000 ventilation ducts to provide fresh air.

On the second floor, there is a spacious room with a barrel vaulted ceiling. It is thought that this room was used as a religious school and rooms to the left were studies.

The Nazca Lines, Peru

nazca lines

The Nazca Lines are a series of large ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert, southern Peru. The largest figures are up to 1,200 ft long. This stretches more than 80 km between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Juman.

According to the scholars, the lines were created by the Nazca culture between 500 BCE and 500 CE. On the plain, there are various figures; hundreds are simple lines and geometric shapes. More than 70 are zoomorphic designs of animals like fish, jaguars, birds, monkeys, llamas and human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes, such as trees and flowers.

Archaeologists and scholars have been trying to understand how and why these lines were formed for more than 80 years.

nazca lines

The researchers studied the lines and tried to determine the purpose of those lines. One theory said that Nazca people created those lines and figures to be seen by their gods in the sky. Some theories said the geometric lines could indicate the flow of water, irrigation schemes or be a part of rituals to summon water. The spiders, birds and plants may be fertility symbols. It has also been theorized that the lines could act as an astronomical calendar.

But whatever the reason these lines are still a mystery. In 1994, these lines were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Chan Chan, South America

chan chan

It is the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America. It is located in the mouth of the Moche Valley. The meaning of Chan Chan is “Sun Sun”. It was named for its sunny climate which is cooled year round by a southerly breeze.

It was the capital of the historical empire of the Chimor from 900 to 1470 when they were defeated and incorporated into the Inca Empire.

chan wall chan chan wall

Chan Chan has ten walled ciudadelas which housed ceremonial rooms, temples, burial chambers, reservoirs and residences for the Chimu kings. The city also has courts, small, irregular agglutinated rooms (SIARs) and mounds called huacas.

It is triangular and surrounded by 50 to 60 foot walls. The walls were carved with designs. The two styles of carving design include a realistic representation of subjects like fish, birds and small mammals. The carvings depict turtles, crabs and nets for catching sea creatures.

Cappadocia, Turkey

cappadocia

It is a historical region in Central Anatolia. The landscape was sculpted by erosion to form a succession of mountain ridges, valleys and pinnacles known as “fairy chimneys”. This place is full of honeycombed hills and towering boulders. The countryside is scattered with attractive cavern architecture. The most famous sites include the fresco-adorned rock-cut churches of Göreme Open Air Museum and the subterranean refuges of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.

fairy chimneys

The Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries which provide the unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period.

Borobudur, Indonesia

borobudur

It is the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is also the world’s largest Buddhist temple. This temple was built during the period of the Sailendra Dynasty and designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture. It also demonstrates the Gupta architecture which reflects India’s influence.

buddha borobudur

It consists of nine stacked platforms, six squares and three circular and topped by a central dome. The Buddhist temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.

Other than these places, there are many places in our world which is least known but enriched by architecture, design, mystery and culture. Some we know, some we don’t know but these beautiful mysterious places do exist around the world.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas
Pen is mightier than swords - these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I'm a simple girl but I am what I am.

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