Top 8 ruins I have visited

I made a list of top 8 ruins I have visited. Only ruins are included and old temples and shrines are excluded. They are all listed in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_archaeological_sites_sorted_by_country.

8. Ollantaytambo

6枚岩 Ollantaytambo - オリャンタイタンボ遺跡 by Ik T

6枚岩 Ollantaytambo - オリャンタイタンボ遺跡 by Ik T uploaded on 29 Mar 2009

Ollantaytambo is the ruins of the ancient Inca located Cusco suburbs. I visited there in a package day tour from Cusco. It was a guided tour in English and I could not catch the details, but I remember steep stairs, terraced fields, rock work of six large stones, and stone chairs of the King and Queen.

 

7. Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

Approaching Sounion by Ava Babili

Approaching Sounion by Ava Babili uploaded on 16 Apr 2008


by Ava Babili

I visited when I went around Europe just after the graduation. It's many years ago. I don't remember most of it. No photo because I did not have a camera. I took a bus from Athens to Cape Sounion. There is a temple at the cape. I remember that the sea looked on the way was very beautiful. Visitors were less than the Acropolis at Athens city. It's a calm and quiet place.

 

6. Acropolis

Athens - Acropolis: Parthenon (West Side) by Wally Gobetz

Athens - Acropolis: Parthenon (West Side) by Wally Gobetz uploaded on 26 Apr 2006


by wallyg

Parthenon of the Acropolis is a one of Greek symbols. Here is my first visited famous ruin. People may feel something by thinking there was lives of people at here more than 2000 years ago. Looking at the various things at the museum and the ruins at Athens, I was very impressed. But later I visited the British Museum and found greater collection of ancient Greek.

 

5. The Roman Forum

It is a tourist destination and a super famous ruin in Rome. There are also well-known tourist destination such as Coliseum, Pantheon etc. I visited Rome after Athens at my Europe tour. I didn't research before visiting The Roman Forum, I just walked around inside.

 

4. Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus by

Ancient City of Ephesus by uploaded on 21 Oct 2007


by Mr G's Travels

Ephesus is the ruins in Turkey, but is is the ruins of the ancient Greek era. I have a stronger impression than Rome. You can see many things in a small area and it's easy to understand it was a city.

 

3. Easter Island

Ahu Ko Te Riku - Easter Island by Ik T

Ahu Ko Te Riku - Easter Island by Ik T uploaded on 18 Mar 2005

I can see Moai very long time without boring. I feel like Moai has a heart and what they saw in the past and what they see now.

 

2. Machu Picchu

Machu Pichu by Ik T

Machu Pichu by Ik T uploaded on 29 Mar 2009

First, I surprised it located in the deep mountain. I impressed it was a very quiet because it is in the mountains. Many tourists visited there, but there were silent. It caused thinking of ancient people lived here a long time ago. Some Americans said "Spiritual". I understand the feeling.

 

1. Angkor

Angkor Wat - アンコールワット by Ik T

Angkor Wat - アンコールワット by Ik T uploaded on 13 Mar 2008

I put it number one place because It is the most recently visited ruins. Angkor Wat is the greatest buildings among others. It is the ruins, but It would be a great if it were existing temple.