16 Ancient Ruins Which Have Stood The Test of Time

Around the world our ancient ancestors built grand monuments, impressive cities, fortifications and palaces. Over time these displays of power, faith and wealth were abandoned, overtaken by jungle or fell into disrepair. Archaeologists are fighting to preserve the history of these ancient sites. But, it is often a losing battle as time and weather continue to degrade the ruins. From South America to Europe, these are the sixteen ancient ruins that you must see now, before it’s too late.

Machu Picchu

Located high in the mountains of Peru, the Lost City of the Incas was rediscovered in 1911. Because it remained hidden within the cloud forest during the Spanish conquest of South American, it remains remarkably well preserved today.


Once a bustling Italian city, Pompii was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The site was petrified under layers of lava and ash. Today, the ruins contain the remains of a fish market, bakery, public baths, and several villas.