Coba is basically an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It features the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and contains many engraved, sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life of the Late Classic Period (AD 600-900) of Mesoamerican civilization. The Nohoch Mul Pyramid stands 137 feet tall and boasts a remarkable view of the Yucatan as well as the non-public areas of Coba including both lagoons; Macanxoc Lagoon to the east and Coba Lagoon to the southwest. Continue reading to see how six more historical monuments / structures would look today if restored.
6. Area Sacra di Largo Argentina – Italy
This square in Rome houses not one, but four Roman temple ruins. It was discovered during construction work in the 1920s. Temple B is the most recent of the four temples, and six of its columns, the original flight of steps and the alta are all still intact.
Visitors to the area will not only find a fascinating archaeological site, but also hundreds of cats living among the ruins. Volunteers feed, clean and look after the cats and visitors are encouraged to say hello or even adopt one of them. Here is what the temple would have looked like, minus the cats.
5. The Parthenon – Greece
Back in ancient times, this temple sheltered a monumental golden statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, craft and war. Sitting atop the hill at the Acropolis, an ancient citadel in Athens, the Parthenon cuts an imposing shape.
In 1687 it was severely damaged in the Great Turkish War, but much of the sturdy Doric architecture withheld the blast, and a good chunk of it is still intact to this day. Nowadays it’s a tourist hotspot attracting millions of visitors a year. Here it is, fully restored to its original glory. Athena herself would be proud.
4. The Pyramid of the Sun – Mexico
Teotihuacan was one of the first urban centers in central Mexico and is now one of the most important archeology sites in Mexico. It was constructed between the 1st and 7th centuries CE, but we know very little about the people who built it and lived here.
They built the first complex cities in the region and then mysteriously disappeared. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacan and one of the oldest pyramids in central Mexico. It is also one of the largest, and as you can see from this reconstruction, it was a spectacular mountain of a structure.
3. Temple of Jupiter – Italy
Built in dedication to Jupiter, the god of the sky and thunder, this temple was the main center of religious life in the ancient city of Pompeii, a small Roman town on the Bay of Naples. It stood dominant in the Forum, with Mount Vesuvius looming ominously behind it.
The volcano erupted in August of 79 AD, tragically destroying Pompeii. The site was rediscovered in the 16th century, and many years of excavation have given the millions of yearly visitors a fascinating insight into the daily life of this 1st century Roman city.
2. Luxor Temple – Egypt
Since its inception, Luxor Temple, which takes its name from the Arabic term, al-Uksur (‘fortification’), has been a sacred site. Commissioned by Amenhotep III in 1380 BC, the temple was renovated by Rameses II about a hundred years later to incorporate a great pylon gateway and an open courtyard.
It was once joined to the neighboring Karnak Temple by an avenue of sphinxes, who guarded the temple gates. With epic obelisks and architraves, Luxor Temple represents some of ancient Egypt�s most monumental stone architecture. It’s a testimony to the country’s long history and a must-see on any Egyptian holiday.
1. Milecastle 39 – England
Stretching 73 miles across some of the most dramatic countryside in England, Hadrian’s Wall dates back to the 1st century AD. Historians still debate the reasons for the construction of the wall.
The most popular theory is that on becoming Roman Emperor in 117 AD, Hadrian had the wall built to make his empire more secure. To increase security, forts known as milcastles were placed along the wall at intervals of approximately one Roman mile.