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In terms of historical sites, nothing quite beats exploring lost, abandoned and ruined ancient cities. From the remains of the ancient city of Babylon to lost Roman metropolises, Mayan centres and Egyptian mega-towns, the ancient cities of the world are as varied as they are numerous.

Our ancient cities guide will help you plan your very own ancient city tours and explore the world’s best ancient places. So whether you’re seeking ancient cities in Europe, South America or anywhere across the globe, our ancient city guide will help you get exploring.

Check out our ancient cities map above or the list of ancient cities below and click on each ancient city for more information.

Ancient Cities | Ancient City Guide : Editor's Picks

  • Machu Picchu 1. Machu Picchu
    One of the best known ancient cities of the world, and a staple of many tours of ancient cities, Machu Picchu is one of the best preserved Inca sites, located in modern Peru.
    Photo by szeke (cc)

  • Ephesus 2. Ephesus
    Containing some of the best preserved Greek and Roman ruins in the Mediterranean, Ephesus in Turkey is something that should be a must for those planning tours of ancient cities or any ancient cities list.
    Photo by Donna and Andrew (cc)

  • Teotihuacan 3. Teotihuacan
    Teotihuacan is a well preserved ancient Mesoamerican city near Mexico City.
    Photo by Darij & Ana (cc)

  • Palmyra 4. Palmyra
    One of the best preserved Roman cities, Palmyra was an independent trading state which eventually fell to the Roman Empire. Its impressive ruins are located in Syria.
    Photo by Fede Ranghino (cc)

  • Ostia Antica 5. Ostia Antica
    One of the less well-known ancient cities in Italy, Ostia Antica contains the ruins of the port of ancient Rome and visitors can explore some amazingly well preserved remains of the settlement.
    Photo by dalbera (cc)

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  • Abu Simbel Abu Simbel
    Abu Simbel is an Ancient Egyptian site housing, amongst other ruins, the two impressive Temples of Ramesses II. It is one of many ancient cities listed by UNESCO.
    Photo by Son of Groucho (cc)

  • Abydos Abydos
    A must for anyone planning ancient city tours, Abydos is an important Ancient Egyptian site which contains a wealth of tombs, temples and other archaeological remains.
    Photo by Argenberg (cc)

  • Aguateca Aguateca
    An important site of the Maya, Aguateca was once a capital city in Guatemala until it was dramatically destroyed. A lesser-known entry on the list of ancient cities of the world.
    Photo by jnissa (cc)

  • Aizanoi Aizanoi
    One of many surviving ancient cities from Roman times, Aizanoi houses ancient ruins including a gymnasium, theatre, stadium, and the impressive Temple of Zeus.
    Photo by ozanhatipoglu (cc)

  • Akrotiri Akrotiri
    Believed by some to be Atlantis, Akrotiri is a beautifully preserved Minoan site in Santorini, famed for its incredible frescos.
    Photo by BluEyedA73 (cc)

  • Alesia Alesia
    The site where Julius Caesar defeated the Gauls in 52 BC, Alesia went on to become an important Roman settlement, the ruins of this being among the lesser-known ancient cities of the world.
    Photo by carolemadge1 (cc)

  • Amathus Amathus
    Amathus is an archaeological site in Cyprus which includes the ruins of one of the island’s oldest ancient cities.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Angkor Wat Angkor Wat
    Angkor Wat is an incredible, vast 12th century temple in Cambodia and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo by Christian Haugen (cc)

  • Anjar Anjar
    Built by Caliph Walid I, the ancient trading settlement of Anjar is an excellent example of the 8th century architecture of the Umayyad dynasty.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Apamea Apamea
    One of the most visually impressive of the world’s ancient cities, Apamea in Syria which boasts a remarkable 1800 metres of dramatic Roman colonnades
    Photo by yeowatzup (cc)

  • Aquincum Aquincum
    A large ancient site in Budapest, Aquincum houses the remains of part of what was an important Roman military base and city. One of many Roman settlements on the list of ancient cities.
    Photo by chad_k (cc)

  • Asklepieion Asklepieion
    Asklepieion was an ancient centre of healing based on the teachings of Hippocrates. Today visitors can explore the ruins of this ancient city, which is said to be the birthplace of medicine.
    Photo by *clairity* (cc)

  • Augusta Raurica Augusta Raurica
    Augusta Raurica is an ancient Roman archaeological site near Basel in Switzerland. Relatively unknown, it makes for an interesting stop for those undertaking tours of ancient cities in Europe.
    Photo by a-zehn-fr (cc)

  • Avdat Avdat
    Avdat was an ancient Nabatean city located in modern Israel which once stood along a prosperous trade route.
    Photo by 04deveni (cc)

  • Aventicum Aventicum
    Aventicum is an ancient Roman site in Switzerland which was once the capital of the Helvetians. Among the ruins of this ancient city are parts of the original city walls and a surviving tower.
    Photo by T.M.O.F. (cc)

  • Baalbek Baalbek
    One of the world’s most impressive ancient cities, and a UNESCO site, Baalbek is home to the largest Roman temple ever built as well as many other magnificent ancient structures.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Babylon Babylon
    Babylon is one of the most famous cities of the ancient world and today can be found near the town in modern-day Iraq. Often at the very centre of ancient civilisations, this city saw culture and conquest alike.
    Photo by gustaf wallen (cc)

  • Baelo Claudia Baelo Claudia
    A well-preserved ancient city which sits on the Andalusian coast, the ruins of Baelo Claudia provide a picturesque setting from which to explore history.
    Photo by Photo Javi (cc)

  • Baia Baia
    Baia was once the summer retreat of Ancient Rome’s elite and is now an archaeological park outside Naples.
    Photo by TyB (cc)

  • Bulla Regia Bulla Regia
    Among the most fascinating ancient cities of the world, Bulla Regia was an Ancient Roman settlement in Tunisia, famous for its subterranean villas.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Butrint Butrint
    Spanning the empires of the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines, Butrint is a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the ruins of this ancient city, now located in south west Albania.
    Photo by Pero Kvrzica (cc)

  • Byblos Byblos
    One of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, as attested by the incredibly diverse ages of its ruins, Byblos is a must for those seeking tours of ancient cities.
    Photo by JamesGallagher (ciotog) (cc)

  • Caerwent Roman Town Caerwent Roman Town
    Caerwent Roman Town in Wales contains the remains of the once thriving Roman settlement of Venta Silurum.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Caesarea Caesarea
    A staple of any ancient city guide, Caesarea in Israel was a Roman city later conquered by the Crusaders and now containing remains from several periods and civilisations.

  • Cahuachi Cahuachi
    Believed to have been a pilgrimage site, Cahuachi is an ancient city of the Nazca civilization in Peru.
    Photo by Václav Synáček (cc)

  • Calixtlahuaca Calixtlahuaca
    Calixtlahuaca contains the ruins of an Aztec city located near Toluca in Mexico. It has a series of fascinating and impressive structures including ancient pyramids.
    Photo by liberalmind1012 (cc)

  • Cappadocia Underground Cities Cappadocia Underground Cities
    Among the more unusual of the ancient cities of the world, the Cappadocia Underground Cities are Christian subterranean fortified settlements in Turkey.
    Photo by Alaskan Dude (cc)

  • Carranque Archaeological Park Carranque Archaeological Park
    An ancient city in Spain, Carranque Archaeological Park contains a series of Roman ruins built in the 4th century AD.
    Photo by Isaacus (cc)

  • Carthage Carthage
    One of the most famous ancient cities, Carthage was once the centre of a hugely powerful civilisation. Today, the ruins of Carthage can be found on the outskirts of Tunis and are a must for those seeking cities of the ancient world.
    Photo by aymen hs (cc)

  • Ceibal Ceibal
    A Maya settlement site in northern Guatemala, Ceibal is a lesser-known ancient city that nonetheless contains many interesting remains, including an impressive round temple.
    Photo by Chixoy (cc)

  • Cerro Patapo Cerro Patapo
    Not mentioned in many ancient city guides, and only recently discovered in 2008, Cerro Patapo was an ancient city of the Wari civilisation found in modern Peru.

  • Chacchoben Chacchoben
    An interesting part of any ancient city tours, Chacchoben is a Mexican Maya site which contains some impressive pyramid temples.
    Photo by roger4336 (cc)

  • Chan Chan Chan Chan
    Chan Chan in Peru was the capital of the Chimu civilisation and is the largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas as well as a UNESCO listed site. A fascinating ancient city to explore.
    Photo by Bruno Girin (cc)

  • Chichen Itza Chichen Itza
    Ranked among the most famous of the world’s ancient cities, Chichen Itza is one of the most popular tourist sites in Mexico and a vital part of any ancient city tours.

  • Choquequirao Choquequirao
    Choquequirao is a little known ancient city of the Inca in Peru which is similar to the far more famous Machu Picchu. A lesser-known entry on the ancient cities list.
    Photo by Miradas.com.br (cc)

  • Citania de Briteiros Citania de Briteiros
    Among many ancient cities in Portugal, Citania de Briteiros contains the ruins of an ancient Iron Age settlement.
    Photo by jlrsousa (cc)

  • Cobá Cobá
    A vast Maya archaeological site in Mexico’s Quintana Roo region, Cobá is an important ancient city which contains the 138-ft tall Great Pyramid.
    Photo by joyosity (cc)

  • Conimbriga Conimbriga
    Probably Portugal’s best-preserved ancient city, Conimbriga contains a wealth of Roman ruins.
    Photo by Effervescing Elephant (cc)

  • Copan Copan
    Copan in Honduras was an important Maya city, the impressive ruins of which are UNESCO listed.
    Photo by Adalberto.H.Vega (cc)

  • Corinth Corinth
    Corinth is a popular tourist destination and famous ancient city which was a major centre to both the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Romans.
    Photo by Alun Salt (cc)

  • Cumae Archaeological Park Cumae Archaeological Park
    Once a famous ancient city, Cumae Archaeological Park contains a series of ancient ruins and artefacts and is thought to have been inhabited as far back as the Iron Age.
    Photo by filologanoga (cc)

  • Cyrene Cyrene
    Boasting some impressive ancient ruins, Cyrene in Lybia is considered to be one of the most impressive Greco-Roman cities in the world.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Delos Delos
    Delos is an impressive UNESCO listed ancient Greek city and the island on which Apollo was said to have been born.
    Photo by isawnyu (cc)

  • Delphi Delphi
    One of the most famous ancient cities in the world, Delphi is an Ancient Greek site once considered to have been the centre of the Earth.

  • Dendera Dendera
    Dendera, near Luxor, contains the stunning Temple of Hathor and is a real gem amongst Ancient Egyptian ruins. Day-trips to the site run from many Luxor hotels.
    Photo by Argenberg (cc)

  • Djemila Djemila
    The site of extensive Roman ruins of a former ancient military base, Djemila in Algeria is one of several ancient cities to have survived in North Africa.
    Photo by Sapphira (cc)

  • Dos Pilas Dos Pilas
    An ancient city of the Maya, Dos Pilas was a major centre which eventually succumbed to the ravages of warfare.
    Photo by vaticanus (cc)

  • Dougga Dougga
    Once the thriving Numidian capital, Dougga is an impressive and well-preserved UNESCO-listed ancient city in Tunisia.
    Photo by EvanManphis (cc)

  • Dura Europos Dura Europos
    An important ancient city in Eastern Syria, Dura Europos was occupied by a series of civilisations, now represented by a series of well-preserved ruins.
    Photo by David Holt London (cc)

  • Durnovaria Durnovaria
    Now the English town of Dorchester, Durnovaria contains the ruins of the ancient Roman city
    Photo by Jim Linwood (cc)

  • Dzibilchaltun Dzibilchaltun
    Dzibilchaltun in Mexico is an archaeological site housing the ruins of an ancient Maya settlement.
    Photo by GOC53 (cc)

  • Ek Balam Ek Balam
    One of many ancient cities in Mexico, Ek Balam is a Maya site on the Yucatan Peninsula which contains some impressive ruins including a 100ft pyramid.
    Photo by archer10 (Dennis) (cc)

  • El Brujo El Brujo
    A Moche settlement inhabited between 100 and 700 AD, El Brujo is a lesser-known ancient city in Peru.
    Photo by Veronique Debord (cc)

  • El Tajin El Tajin
    El Tajin in Mexico is an impressive archaeological site which was once a city of the Totonac people and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo by Ixtla (cc)

  • Epidaurus Epidaurus
    With a wealth of incredible ruins, Epidaurus is one of the best ancient cities of the world. Located on the Greek mainland it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo by thebaldwin (cc)

  • Glanum Glanum
    An extensive archaeological site, Glanum is of a former Roman city near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Most of the site dates back to between the first and second centuries AD.
    Photo by Fabrice Terrasson (cc)

  • Gortyna Gortyna
    An interesting ancient city in Crete, Gortyna was the capital of Crete and Cyrene during the Roman era.
    Photo by skuds (cc)

  • Hattusha Hattusha
    A UNESCO heritage site, Hattusha holds the ruins of one of the capitals of the Hittite Empire and is one of many such ancient cities in the region.
    Photo by Maarten Dirkse (cc)

  • Heraklea Linkestis Heraklea Linkestis
    Heraklea Linkestis was an ancient Macedonian city, conquered by the Romans in the second century BC which then became an important Roman settlement.

  • Herculaneum Herculaneum
    An important stop on any Ancient city tours of Italy, Herculaneum was a Roman town which was destroyed along with Pompeii following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
    Photo by S J Pinkney (cc)

  • Hierapolis Hierapolis
    One of many ancient cities in Turkey, Hierapolis was once a thriving, multicultural city and spa, the remains of which are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo by Chris. P (cc)

  • Histria Histria
    Thought to be the oldest settlement in Romania, Histria was occupied by the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and is a relatively quiet ancient city to explore.
    Photo by amiinsidemyself (cc)

  • Jerash Jerash
    Containing some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins, Jerash in Jordan was once a thriving Roman city and is one of the most fascinating ancient cities in the world. Definitely ranks highly on the list of ancient cities of the world.
    Photo by archer10 (Dennis) (cc)

  • Kabah Kabah
    Inhabited from the 3rd century BC and abandoned circa 1200 AD, the ruins of the ancient city of Kabah are those of a Maya settlement in Yucatan, Mexico.
    Photo by robertoliebig (cc)

  • Kamiros Kamiros
    Kamiros was an ancient city on the island of Rhodes, the ruins of which include an acropolis.
    Photo by Shadowgate (cc)

  • Karnak Temple Karnak Temple
    Forming part of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, the Karnak Temple is a vast sacred Ancient Egyptian complex in Luxor.
    Photo by Tanya.K. (cc)

  • Kasserine Kasserine
    Kasserine was an ancient Roman city known as Cillium, the remains of which can be seen today near the modern town of the same name.
    Photo by iambarr (cc)

  • Khajuraho Khajuraho
    Home of a number of stunning temples, famous for their erotic sculptures, Khajuraho was the ancient capital of the Chandela Dynasty.
    Photo by karmadude (cc)

  • Knossos Knossos
    One of the most famous ancient cities in the world, Knossos is an archaeological site which was once the thriving heart of the Minoan civilisation.
    Photo by Maria Rosaria Sannino/images and words (cc)

  • Kourion Kourion
    Kourion is an impressive ancient city in Cyprus containing mostly Roman and Byzantine ruins.

  • Labna Labna
    Labna is a Maya city in Yucatan, Mexico and part of what is known as the Puuc Trail.
    Photo by Olivier Bruchez (cc)

  • Laodikeia Laodikeia
    Laodikeia was an Ancient Greek then Roman city, which now contains a set of ruins including a stadium and gymnasium.
    Photo by Ian W Scott (cc)

  • Leptis Magna Leptis Magna
    One of the most important ancient cities in North Africa, Leptis Magna is now an impressive archaeological site near Tripoli.
    Photo by NH53 (cc)

  • Leukaspis Leukaspis
    Founded in the second century BC, Leukaspis was a thriving Greco-Roman port and city. Today, it has been excavated as the Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Site.

  • Luxor Temple Luxor Temple
    Part of the ancient city of Thebes, the Luxor Temple is a vast Ancient Egyptian site which is UNESCO listed.
    Photo by astique (cc)

  • Mamshit Mamshit
    One of a number of ancient Nabatean cities, Mamshit in Israel is the site of one of four UNESCO listed settlements which prospered as part of the Incense trading route.
    Photo by Ian W Scott (cc)

  • Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde National Park
    Mesa Verde National Park holds an incredibly well preserved and stunning collection of archaeological sites of the Native American Pueblo people dating back to 600 AD.
    Photo by Ken Lund (cc)

  • Miletus Miletus
    Miletus was once an important ancient Greek then Roman city, which still has an impressive theatre, but relatively few other remains.
    Photo by Miia Ranta (cc)

  • Mirobriga Mirobriga
    Dating back to around the first century AD, Mirobriga was once a thriving Roman city, the ruins of which contain Portugal’s only surviving Hippodrome.
    Photo by Bruce Tuten (cc)

  • Mitla Mitla
    An interesting entry on our ancient cities list and one of many ancient cities in Mexico, Mitla was a Zapotec religious centre later taken over by the Mixtecs in Oaxaca.
    Photo by eduardo.robles (cc)

  • Monte Alban Monte Alban
    Containing numerous pyramids, ornate palaces and elaborate tombs, Monte Alban is a remarkable UNESCO listed ancient city in Mexico.
    Photo by RussBowling (cc)

  • Mycenae Mycenae
    Mycenae is a famous Ancient Greek archaeological site in the Peloponnese which formed the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation and was once ruled by the famous King Agamemnon.
    Photo by *clairity* (cc)

  • Nea Pafos Nea Pafos
    Nea Pafos is the site of an ancient city near Paphos which served as the capital of Cyprus from the 4th century BC.

  • Nora Archaeological Site Nora Archaeological Site
    One of the more obscure cities of the ancient world, the Nora Archaeological Site in Sardinia contains Phoenician and Roman ruins.

  • Novae Novae
    Once a Roman town and military camp, the ruins of Novae are found in modern day Bulgaria. One of the more obscure entries among the list of ancient cities of the world.

  • Olympia Olympia
    One of the most famous of all ancient cities, Olympia was the Ancient Greek centre from which the Olympic Games originate and is now an important archaeological site.
    Photo by Erik Daniel Drost (cc)

  • Paestum Paestum
    Containing the amazing remains of three ancient Greek temples, Paestum is a Greco-Roman site located south of Naples.

  • Palaipafos Palaipafos
    A must for any ancient city tour in Cyprus, Palaipafos contains ruins dating back as far as the Late Bronze Age as well as the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite.

  • Palenque Palenque
    One of the most intriguing historic cities in Mexico, Palenque is a UNESCO listed Maya archaeological site which thrived between 500 and 700 AD.

  • Pasargadae Pasargadae
    Pasargadae was the first capital of the once mighty Persian Empire, the ruins of which are located in modern Iran and are UNESCO-listed.

  • Pella Pella
    Famous as being the birthplace of Alexander the Great, Pella in Greece was the capital of ancient Macedonia.

  • Pergamum Pergamum
    Pergamum was an important ancient Greek and Roman city, home to famous sites such as its Asclepion, theatre and library.

  • Perge Perge
    Perge in Turkey is an archaeological site which contains mostly Roman ruins, but has a history dating back to Ancient Greece.
    Photo by pavdw (cc)

  • Perperikon Perperikon
    One of the lesser-known ancient cities in Europe, Perperikon in Bulgaria was an important Thracian sanctuary turned Roman town and medieval fortress.

  • Persepolis Persepolis
    One of the most famous cities of the ancient world, Persepolis was the capital of the Persian Empire and today contains the ruins of many ancient buildings and monuments.

  • Petra Petra
    One of the most recognisable of all ancient cities, Petra is a UNESCO-listed Nabataean city which later formed part of the Roman Empire. Lost to the ages, it was a secret to all but the Bedouins until 1812.

  • Pollentia Pollentia
    Pollentia is an Ancient Roman site in Alcudia in Majorca which includes the partial remains of the Forum and theatre.

  • Pompeii Pompeii
    Perhaps the first name on any tour of ancient cities, Pompeii was famously destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, leaving incredibly well-preserved ruins which are now a hugely popular tourist destination.
    Photo by Perrimoon (cc)

  • Priene Priene
    A picturesque ancient Greek city in Turkey, Priene boasts some amazing ancient remains without the crowds of other nearby sites.

  • Qatna Archaeological Park Qatna Archaeological Park
    Qatna Archaeological Park houses the ruins of what was the thriving ancient Mesopotamian city of Qatna.

  • Quirigua Archaeological Park Quirigua Archaeological Park
    Quirigua Archaeological Park is a former Maya settlement and is now a small, yet important UNESCO listed site in Guatemala.

  • Sabratha Sabratha
    A picturesque ancient city on Libya’s coast, Sabratha contains some excellent Roman ruins.

  • Sagalassos Sagalassos
    Sagalassos is an active archaeological site in southwest Turkey which contains mostly Hellenistic and Ancient Roman ruins, some of them very well preserved.

  • Saqqara Saqqara
    Saqqara was the burial ground of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and home to numerous pyramids and tombs.
    Photo by Álvaro Medina Ballester (cc)

  • Sbeitla Sbeitla
    Sbeitla in Tunisia flourished as a Roman city from the 1st century AD.

  • Segesta Segesta
    Segesta contains the famous fifth century BC incomplete, but very well-preserved, Temple of Segesta.

  • Selinunte Selinunte
    Selinunte is an Ancient Greek archaeological site in Sicily containing the ruins of an acropolis and five temples.

  • Sirmium Imperial Palace Sirmium Imperial Palace
    The Sirmium Imperial Palace complex holds the remains of a Roman imperial palace which was home to several Roman Emperors in the middle and late empire.

  • Sparta Sparta
    The ancient Greek city of Sparta was one of the most famous city-states of the ancient world.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Stabiae Stabiae
    Stabiae contains the ruins of both ancient Roman and Oscan civilizations, dating back as far as the 7th century BC.

  • Stobi Stobi
    Stobi in Macedonia was an ancient settlement of Paeonia before becoming a Roman city.

  • Syracuse Archaeological Site Syracuse Archaeological Site
    The Syracuse Archaeological Site contains the impressive remains of an ancient city dating as far back as the eighth century BC.

  • Taos Pueblo Taos Pueblo
    Taos Pueblo is a beautiful thousand year old Native American settlement in New Mexico.

  • Taxila Taxila
    Taxila was the ancient Gandhāran capital city and its incredible ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Tchogha Zanbil Tchogha Zanbil
    Tchogha Zanbil is home to the impressive remains of the ancient city of Dur Untash, the holy capital of the Elamite Kingdom.

  • Tenochtitlan Tenochtitlan
    Tenochtitlan was the Aztec capital, established in 1325AD and destroyed by the Spanish in the 16th century.

  • Tharros Tharros
    Tharros, in Sardinia, was founded by the Phoenicians and contains mostly Roman ruins.

  • Thebes Thebes
    Thebes was an ancient Mycenaean and Greek city eventually destroyed by Alexander the Great.

  • Tikal Tikal
    Tikal in Guatemala was a major Maya site of great ceremonial importance. Its well-preserved ruins are listed by UNESCO.

  • Timgad Timgad
    The ruins of Timgad are the extremely well-preserved remains of an Ancient Roman military encampment in Algeria.

  • Tiwanaku Tiwanaku
    Tiwanaku in Bolivia was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilisation and is a UNESCO listed site.
    Photo by mishmoshimoshi (cc)

  • Troy Troy
    Troy is a world-renowned archaeological site, inhabited since the 4th millennium BC and believed to the have been the location of the famous Trojan War.
    Photo by Travelling Runes (cc)

  • Tulum Tulum
    Tulum is a cliff-top Maya site in Mexico’s Quintana Roo region with some interesting and quite well preserved ruins.

  • Umm Qais Umm Qais
    Umm Qais, also spelt Umm Qays, houses the remains of Gadara, one of the Decapolis cities.

  • Uxmal Uxmal
    Uxmal was a Maya city in Yucatan, Mexico and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Valley of the Kings Valley of the Kings
    The Valley of the Kings is a major royal Ancient Egyptian burial site in Luxor and part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Velia Archaeological Site Velia Archaeological Site
    The Velia Archaeological Site contains Greek, Roman and medieval ruins of the city initially founded as Elea.
    Photo by hanjeanwat (cc)

  • Verulamium Verulamium
    Verulamium was a Roman settlement near modern day St Albans in England.
    Photo by Brron (cc)

  • Volubilis Volubilis
    Volubilis near Meknes in Morocco was an Ancient Roman city developed in the first century BC.

  • Winaywayna Winaywayna
    Winaywayna is an Inca site in Peru near Machu Picchu.
    Photo by fortes (cc)

  • Wroxeter Roman City Wroxeter Roman City
    Wroxeter Roman City houses the remains of what was once Roman Britain’s fourth largest city.
    Photo by steve p2008 (cc)

  • Xanten Archaeological Park Xanten Archaeological Park
    Xanten Archaeological Park houses the remains of the former Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana.
    Photo by By Veles (cc)

  • Xcaret Xcaret
    Xcaret houses the ruins of a Maya city which reached its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries.
    Photo by Herr_Bert (cc)

  • Xochicalco Xochicalco
    Xochicalco is an important pre-Columbian site in Mexico and a World Heritage site.
    Photo by Christian González Verón (cc)

  • Yagul Yagul
    Yagul was a fortified Zapotec settlement in Oaxaca in Mexico.
    Photo by maximalideal (cc)

  • Yaxha Yaxha
    Yaxha is an impressive ancient Maya site in Guatemala’s Peten region.
    Photo by Walter Rodriguez (cc)

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