7 little-known cities steeped in history

The tourist route of most people passes through the most "advertised" places. Venice, Pisa, Paris, Prague - after all, our world is not so small! Tired of choosing travel based on the advice of your friends? Try to visit really unusual and little-known cities, the memory of which has remained in the history of the world only by a miracle.

Mesa Verde / Colorado, USA

Once this strange city was built by the Anasazi Indians, whose trace scientists are unsuccessfully trying to find in the turbulent waves of history. Anasazi architecture is very unusual: for example, one house can have 150 rooms at once.

Leptis Magna / Libya

The ancient trading city of the Romans in North Africa was discovered only in the mid-1930s. Leptis Magna survived a terrible tsunami in 365 and has since gradually fallen into disrepair. Over time, the Sahara laid claim to the former center of civilization of the entire region and the city was buried in the sands.

Virupaksha / India

The heyday of the Vijayanagar Empire fell on the XIV-XVI centuries. One of the main cities of this culture was the free Virupaksha, whose rulers often started quarrels with their Muslim neighbors. This led to a tragedy: in 1565 Virupaksha fell under the onslaught of Muslim hordes - the population of the city was massacred, and the temples were destroyed to the ground.

Ciudad Perdida / Colombia

The Colombians themselves call the ancient city of Tejuna. The modern name can be roughly translated as "The Lost City": the ruins of the municipal center of the Indians, founded in 800 BC, were found by archaeologists only in 1972.

Ctesiphon / Iraq

From 570 to 637 AD, Ctesiphon was the largest city in the entire world. The capital of the Sassanids did not stand the test of time, and today only the palace of Taki-Kirs, the summer residence of the Sassanid dynasty, reminds of its former greatness.

Ani / Turkey

The city of 1001 one church was the capital of Armenia until 1045. Researchers today are amazed at the grandeur of local architecture: ancient architects created unique monuments, most of which, unfortunately, have already been destroyed.

Palenque / Mexico

The great city, the center of Mayan life in the III-VIII centuries and the capital of the Baakul kingdom. In the 9th century, wild tribes came from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and destroyed the city.