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6 Striking Lesser-Known Ancient Ruins

The world is filled with cities rich in intriguing history. Cities like Athens, Rome, and Paris are known for their fascinating ancient ruins that provide a captivating gateway into their past. You might know of quite a few popular cities around the world having magnificent ancient ruins, like the Pompeii in Italy, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Colosseum in Rome. However, there are quite a few lesser-known places you might not be aware of that have equally fascinating ancient ruins.

1. Persepolis, Iran.

Before its collapse in 330 BCE, Persepolis was the capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. The city was founded by King Darius I in 518 BCE and grew in splendor in the years to follow. A gigantic terrace of 125,000 square feet is one of its most striking features. Several rulers built grand palaces, temples, and halls around the terrace. The city was located in a remote mountainous region, which made it difficult to travel there during the rainy season and was thus concealed from the outside world for a long time. Persepolis was the safest city in the Persian Empire for storing art, artifacts, and archives, along with keeping the royal treasury safe.

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