Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS Ancient Structures In The World! From unexplained ancient architecture to mysterious hidden buildings, this top 10 list of mysterious ancient ruins has some of the most bizarre discoveries!
8. Nan Madol
Off the coast of the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia stand the ruins of the ancient city of Nan Madol. The only ancient city ever built entirely on a coral reef, the city is made up of almost 100 artificial islands made of coral fill and stone, separated by narrow canals and protected by an outer seawall. Like Easter Island, this place is an engineering marvel!!
Before Europeans came to North America, an unknown culture arose in central Mexico and built a grand city that we have come to know as Teotihuacan. In its heyday, it was a city that covered 20 square kilometers (13 square miles) and was home to 200,000 people, all of them in carefully constructed and delineated neighborhoods where people were grouped according to the crafts that they constructed.
6. Puma Punku
The massive ancient city of Tiwanaku in Bolivia is dominated by a temple complex called Puma Punku that has puzzled archaeologists for decades. The city was already standing when the Inca moved into the region in 1470, although it was completely abandoned.
5. Ggantija, Malta
On the Mediterranean island of Gozo, one of the islands of Malta, stands a megalithic temple complex that predates the pyramids of Egypt. The two towers were built during the Neolithic Age, between 3600 and 2500 BC. They are the second-oldest manmade religious structures in the world. Number one is coming up so stay tuned!!
The Salisbury Plain in England is home to possibly the most famous mysterious megalithic structure in the world, so of course, I had to mention it! Stonehenge was built from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, constructed in a series of stages. The site currently consists of a ring of standing stones, each stone at least 4 meters (13 feet) tall, 2.1 meters (7 feet) wide, and weighing around 25 tons.
Another Neolithic site, with important astrological alignment, can be found at Newgrange in Ireland’s Boyne Valley. Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza, Newgrange was originally believed to be a tomb, but it’s actually a temple complex that was built by Stone Age farmers more than 5,200 years ago in 3200 BC.
2. Skara Brae
Located on the windy Orkney Islands of northern Scotland stands the Neolithic settlement known as Skara Brae. The most complete Neolithic village in Europe, Skara Brae was probably occupied between 3180 BC and 2500 BC.
1. Göbekli Tepe
Its name is Turkish for “potbelly hill,” and it’s the most recently found ancient structure on this list. Found on the plains of Anatolia, Göbekli Tepe is a man made hill, standing about 15 meters (49 feet) tall, and about 300 meters (980 feet) in diameter. Who cares?? Well It’s about 11,000 years old, making it the oldest temple structure in the world.