Ruin Your Vacation

By September 8, 2016Travel
The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most famous ruins in the world.

Ruins can be found on just about any continent in the world. Many tourists flock to the most famous ones like the Roman Colosseum, or the ones that have mysterious origins like the monuments at Stonehenge or even some placed in the backdrop of incredible landscapes like Machu Picchu.

What’s so special about ruins? They’ve stood the test of time and give us a window into a civilization that was present hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. Ruins are man-made structures which may have fallen into disrepair over time; sometimes by natural disasters and sometimes by invading armies, but have stood the test of time and still remain – some in a better state than others.

Each one is special in its own way which is why we wanted to highlight them and provide a little information.


  1. Jarlshof, Scotland
    • Located on the Shetland Islands, 350 miles north of Edinburgh, you’ll find a former Viking settlement dating back over 4,000 years.
  2. Rome, Italy
    • One of the more famous set of ruins, Rome is home to the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Forum, just to name a few.
  3. Pompeii, Italy


    • Located just south of Naples, Pompeii’s ruins stem from a massive volcanic explosion nearly 2,000 years ago which buried the area in ash helping to preserve many artifacts and objects.
  4. Athens, Greece
    • Every year millions of tourists are eager to see the famous ruins in Athens like the Acropolis, Temple of Poseidon and Olympia.
  5. Stonehenge, England
    • While its origins are uncertain, these ruins are believed to be a burial ground – human bone found in this area date back 5,000 years.


  1. Machu Picchu, Peru
    • One of the more famous ruins in the Americas, Machu Picchu was an Incan settlement dating back to the 1400’s and is situated on top of a beautiful mountain range.
  2. Tikal, Guatemala
    • Just west of Belize, this Mayan ruin is a jungle city which was abandoned in 900 AD.
  3. Easter Island, Chile
    • Their origins are still up for debate but the Moai Statues on Easter Island are incredible to see. Ask the locals how they got there.
  4. Teotihuacan, Mexico


    • Tulum is home to famous ruins in Mexico but don’t forget to check out the Teotihuacan site known as the “City of the Gods” located about an hour northeast of Mexico City.

  5. Alberta, Canada
    • The Dinosaur Provincial Park is a stretch for a ruins site but the Canadian park is home to 40 species of dinosaurs dating back 75 million years.


  1. Dolmen Sites, South Korea
    • The stone slab tombs in Ganghwa, Gochang and Hwasun date back to the first millennium B.C.
  2. Wat Ratchaburana, Thailand
    • Check out this temple which was built in the early-1400’s.
  3. Vihara, Bangladesh
    • Marvel over this city-sized Buddhist temple with meditation rooms, shrines and sculptures.
  4. China
    The Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China

    • The Great Wall is the only ruins you can see from space.  It’s endured thousands of years and spans over 13,000 miles. Originally built to prevent invasions, this is one of the most popular ruins in the world.

  5. Aurangabad, India
    • The ruins of 34 monasteries and temples from 1,300 years ago are found in the Ellora Caves in India. Explore this testament to peace between three distinct Indian religions in Aurangabad.

Middle East/Africa

  1. Ephesus, Turkey


    • Ephesus is one of the best preserved ruins in the world and frequently visited by tourists heading to Turkey.

  2. Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
    • Kilwa Kisiwani is located on the coast of Tanzania and considered a haunted site dating back to the 9th century. You’ll find a palace, mosque, prison and other ruins in this intriguing site.
  3. Petra, Jordan
    • Most famous for the rock-cut architecture, these ruins are part of the new 7 Wonders of the World and is known as the Lost City of Petra.  It’s also where Indiana Jones sought the Holy Grail in the The Last Crusade.
  4. Luxor, Egypt
    • The Ancient Guardians in Karnak are worth checking out when in Egypt. Everyone sees the pyramids and the Sphinx but make sure to go beyond and check out the second largest ancient religious site on the planet.
  5. Metsada, Israel
    • This fortification is located on a rocky plateau about 65 miles southeast of Jerusalem. If you’re worried about hiking forty-five minutes up to the palace ruins, there’s a cable car that can get you there quicker.


There is a lot of history to explore out there on every continent.

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