These amazing structures centuries later are still a mystery. Why were they built? Where did the people go that made them? How were they built? In some cases, we don’t even know who built them. Historians have assumptions and theories but nothing substantial that provides insight into why these incredible wonders were built.
But the search to solve these mysteries continues.
Here’s a look at just some of those mysterious wonders of the world that we still know so very little about.
1. Stonehenge – U.K
Rectangular 50 ton stones that are standing upright, with some that even have a 50 ton stone on top creating a doorway. To this day, historians are unable to determine who built them and why were they made. Numerous theories have arisen over the years to give this place a reason, many people say it was a ritual site, for healing or burial. However, to this day it remains a mystery.
2. Meteora – Greece
One of six monasteries that were built on pillars of rocks. These incredible structures were built during the 14th century when the Turks were trying to occupy Greece. The only means of reaching these pinnacles was by rope/rope ladder that was pulled up to ensure security. It is believed that the material was hauled up in nets pulled vertically up the 373 meters of the pillar and utterly unbelievable way of creating such beauty.
3. Machu Picchu – Peru
Set in a tropical mountain forest, this stunning structure is a work of art. It is 2000 feet above the Urubamba River, and completely self-contained. It is believed that the Incas considered Machu Picchu is a sacred place and that it was built before the 1400s. Built completely from rock, looking at it would make you believe that the rock was just naturally cut in that manner, that the terraces and ramps were never made – they were just there. But we know that 50 tons of rock don’t just fit perfectly; they are made to fit, and it is astounding at how they achieved such a creation at that time and such a height.
4. Ruins of Mohenjo Daro – Pakistan
A city that was lost in time, the people of Mohenjo-Daro were an advanced society, closer to our age than we can imagine, with intricate drainage system sand learning centers (which functioned as schools) and a very progressive trading system. What’s really amazing is they had created all this in the 2600 BCE.
5. Plains Of Jars – Laos
Thousands of megalithic jars weighing from 1 to 5 tons are scattered across the Xieng Khouang plateau. The mysterious aspect is that you will find some jars sitting by themselves while others will be in clusters in the hundreds. They have been there since the Iron age and are thought to be coffins of soldiers. This rumor hasn’t been confirmed, and the mystery of the jars remains a mystery today.
6. Great Pyramid of Giza – Egypt
We all have seen pictures of this fantastic place, the three largest pyramids, that has withstood the test of time. It is said that it took 30 years to build this wonder. The surprising part is that no one can tell how they designed it and how they built these huge structures in 2631 BC.
7. Teotihuacan – Mexico
An enormous city that was home toapproximately 125,000 people has dwellings designed for multi-families, along with huge pyramids. The largest structure built is the Pyramid of the Sun. It remains a mystery as to why it was built and who built this city, which is dated back to 250 AD.
8. Valley of Love
The legend is that a mysterious race of people once lived in this part of Ireland and that they built the structures there. The structures that are still in amazing condition are said to be much older than the pyramids. The mystery remains as to who built them, how did they and where did they go?
9. Nazca Lines – Peru
Left behind from an ancient civilization in the Nazca desert in 500 BC. What these drawings mean and why they were created are still a mystery. The drawings range from simple figures to more complex ones. The largest of these is over 660 feet.
10. The Treasury of Petra – Jordan
A city that was once a favorite trading post built somewhere during the second century AD. The city itself is underground, and only 15% has been uncovered. The most popular entrance, the one that has been used in Hollywood movies, is carved into the side of the cliff and stands at 250 feet. Why they built such a massive entrance is anyone’s guess, though many believe that it was a temple to some deity.
11. Easter Island
An isolated Island of the coast of Chile that is full of mystery and 887 huge stone statues. Historians are unable to determine who lived on the island and why they built these statues that range from 7-10 meters tall. All the statues are by the sea looking heavenwards as though they are praying. The mystery that is a real kicker is that the tools found on the island are incapable of carving such stone – scientists have tried!
12. Gobekli Tepe – Turkey
Built 7,000 years before the pyramids of Egypt, resting on top of a mountain are humongous pillars craved to look like various animals. Each pillar is 20 feet high, weighing 20 tons. No one really knows why they were built and what purpose they served. Some believe that this is the original site for the Garden of Eden, but they can’t say for sure.
What theories do you have about these places?