10 lost cities of the world; Bradt Travel Guides


Lebanon – Baalbek

From crumbling Persian empires to colossal Roman cities, here are some of our favourite ruined civilisations from around the world.

When you think of ‘lost cities’, the vast inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the Hanging Gardens of Bablyon are probably the first sites that come to mind. But there are so many others to explore, from crumbling Persian empires to colossal Roman cities. Here is a selection of some of our favourites from around the world.

Persepolis, Iran

This ancient city in Iran embodies all the glory – and the demise – of the Persian Empire. It was here that the Achaemenid kings received their subjects, celebrated the new year and ran their empire before Alexander the Great burnt the whole thing to the ground as he conquered the world.

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