The world is full of amazing places! But how much do we really know about these monuments and ruins that travelers flock to year after year?
There are historical monuments that have done nothing but puzzle archeologists since they’ve been discovered. While they’re wondrous, it’s hard to pinpoint their origins and historical purposes. Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of people travel to see these historically mysterious monuments each year.
We’ve pulled together ten of the most gloriously puzzling monuments for your inner-wanderlust to enjoy.
1. Newgrange of Ireland
Newgrange is an incredible Stone Age monument in Boyne Valley, County Meath. It’s believed to have been constructed about 5,200 years ago making it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. While there’s been debate as to what the purpose of this monument was, it’s clear that the construction of it was incredible. Was the structure used for farming purposes, spiritual purpose, or both? We will never know, but it’s still quite a site.
2. The Temple of Baalbek, Lebanon
Baalbek, Lebanon is home to the world’s largest known megalithic block. Believed to have been built by the Roman Empire as the Temple of Jupiter, it remains a mystery as to how such massive stones were transported and structured so seamlessly. While speculations can be made, it will forever remain a mystery.
3. Dolmens of North Caucasus, Russia
The Russian word “dolmen” literally translates to mean “portal tomb,” but there is no evidence to suggest that that is what these ancient stone structures were used for. The construction of the dolmens is quite impressive as well as mysterious. The stones were shaped into 90-degree angles with seams so tight that not even the blade of a knife could get through.
4. Moai of Easter Island
Located off the coast of Chile, Easter Island is best known for its giant stone statues call Moai. There have been 900 of these carved human figures that are suspected to have been moved around the island 1250 and 1500 AD. While their purpose is not understood, their production and transportation is the most mind-boggling part.
5. Lost City of Petra, Jordan
This beautiful structure is literally built into the cliff side. Believed to have been built around 400 BC, it remained hidden from explorers for hundreds of years. The mysterious lost city is now considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Petra has even gotten the attention of Hollywood. Scenes from Indiana Jones were filmed here.
6. Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
There are believed to be 300 of theses polished spheres. While they range in size, some have weighed in at 16 tons. Nobody knows what the purpose of these spheres was. Regardless of that, they are definitely a site to see.
7. The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
With the body of a lion and the head of a human, the Great Sphinx is 238 feet long and 66 feet tall. It’s one of the world’s oldest statues, as well as one of the most puzzling. There is great debate over who built it and what their purpose in doing so was.
8. Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge is by far one of the most popular and puzzling prehistoric monuments in the world. Nobody knows how such massive rocks were transported, or what the structure’s purpose was. However, that hasn’t kept it from being one of Great Britain’s most iconic sites.
9. Tikal, Guatamala
Tikal is the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. While it’s the best understood Mayan city, it still holds quite a bit of mystery. Like many of these other monuments, the greatest mystery is how something so massive made from such dense stone could have been constructed.
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10. Timbuktu, Mali
Many people associate Timbuktu with the idea of a place that it very far away. Some people don’t even know that it’s real. It is in fact real, and it has a very mysterious history. Located in the Republic of Mali, Timbuktu was once a thriving center of trade and culture. A history of invasion has unfortunately eliminated many of the city’s monuments leaving just a few to leave us curious.
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[Source: Bright Side, Wikipedia ]