10 Ancient Cities Lost in Time

Ctesiphon palace ruin, with the arch in the centre, 1864

Ctesiphon palace ruin, with the arch in the centre, 1864, Credits: Wikimedia

Nothing lasts forever – not even centers of ancient civilizations (except maybe Rome). So many beautiful cities have been lost or destroyed over time and eventually recovered, but even more of them are still undiscovered. Below you can find a list of 10 ancient cities lost in time:


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Ctesiphon, Iraq

One of the greatest cities of Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon was the largest city in the world in the 6th century. She was a significant military objective to the Romans and was captured by them no less than five times. Nonetheless, she survived the Roman warriors and lived to serve as the inspiration for the city of Isbanir in One Thousand and One Nights. Ctesiphon also hosts the world’s largest brick-built arch.

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