10 Historic Cities Lost Throughout Time

Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe, which was nothing more than a complex of stone ruins, was built by the Bantu people in the 11th century. Around 18,000 inhabitants were living here before a massive climate change occurred, and the people abandoned the city.


Hatra, at one point in history, was a massive fortified city during the reign of the Parthian Empire. It withstood several invasions by the Romans, but fell to the Iranian Sassanid Empire and was destroyed.