The ancient Indian Undavalli caves, located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, thought to date to around the 4th-5th centuries AD. It is one of the finest examples of Indian rock-cut architecture, and carved out of solid sandsone on a hillside.
Photo courtesy & taken by Arvind.vindhu
Lamanai (“submerged crocodile” in Yucatec Maya), is an Mesoamerican archaeological site located north of Belize.
Lamanai was first occupied as early as the 16th century BC, but came into prominence in the Pre-Classic Period, 4th century BC-1st century AD, and continued to be occupied until the 17th century AD.
Photo courtesy & taken by Darcy McCarty.
The Ancient Egyptian 12th dynasty tomb of Sarenput I, Qubbet el-Hawa at Aswan.
Sarenput I was the Governor of Elephantine and Overseer of the Priests of Satis during the reign of Senwosret I. The tomb includes biographical information inscribed on the columns:
“ I have built my tomb to show my gratitude to the king Kheper-Ka-Ra (Senuseret I).
His majesty made me great in the land. I have overturned very ancient rules and, it resulted that I reached the sky in an instant.
I have employed artisans to work in my tomb and his Majesty congratulated me highly and often in the presence of courtesans and the Queen..
The tomb was equipped with palace furniture, decorated with all sorts of accessories, filled with decorative parts and provided with offerings. I should not want for any necessary thing, it was at the treasure house that all this was claimed for me. His Majesty saw to it that I could have a good life. I was full of joy at having succeeded in reaching the sky, my head touched the firmament, I grazed the stars. I appeared like a star. I danced like the planets, my town celebrated and my troops were jubilant.
For me, the Elephantine gods extended the reign of His Majesty as king they caused His Majesty to be reborn for me in order that he might repeat millions of Sed festivals for me, they granted him eternity as king that he might install himself on the throne of Horus, just as I had wished for him.” (x)
Photos courtesy & taken by Olaf Tausch
The Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Corinth.
The temple had a double cella, each with two rows of columns (there were once 38, only 7 remain), and a pronaos. At the time of discovery it was one of the oldest temples in Greece, dates to around 540 BC, and was built to replace an earlier temple from the 7th C BC.
Photos courtesy & taken by Jeanhousen
The Ancient Chinese Temple of Confucius, is a temple devoted to the memory of Confucius and the sages and philosophers of Confucianism. Located in the Shandong Province, it was established in 479 BC, one year after Confucius’s death.
Photo courtesy & taken by Chenymi
The Ancient Roman Pons Aemilius (today called Ponte Rotto). Initially constructed in 179 BC, it is the oldest Roman stone bridge in Rome, Italy. In 12 BC, Augustus completely restored the bridge with a tuff and concrete core.
Photo courtesy & taken by Patrick Denker
The Mayan Tikal National Park, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D.
UNESCO World Heritage official description:
In the heart of this jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of the Mayan civilization. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.
The ruined city reflects the cultural evolution of Mayan society from hunter- gathering to farming, with an elaborate religious, artistic and scientific culture which finally collapsed in the late 9th century. At its height, AD 700-800, the city supported a population of 90,000 Mayan Indians. There are over 3,000 separate buildings dating from 600 BC to AD 900, including temples, residences, religious monuments decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and tombs. (read more)
Photos courtesy & taken by Ondřej Žváček