Most MYSTERIOUS Places LOST To History!


From priceless artifacts to legendary cities,
here are 8 places lost to history. 8. Nauru
Nauru is an island country that can be found in the Pacific Ocean. It’s actually halfway between Hawaii and Australia. It’s only eight square miles, but, at one
time, it was known as one of the most pleasant islands in the world. It was first inhabited around 3000 years ago
(if not more) by the Micronesians and the Polynesians. And during their time on the island, there
were about twelve different tribes that lived there, and this is why the country’s flag
has a twelve pointed star upon it. As an island nation, the people heavily relied
on the fruit of the trees and the fish in the waters to get them their food. In fact, Nauru actually translates to, “I
go to the beach.” In 1798, a British captain named John Fearn
saw the island and gave it the nickname of “Pleasant Island” because of its vegetation
and very green terrain. The problem though, was that after being annexed
and taken over by the United Nations and other parties, the island was stripped mined because
it had phosphate in it. A highly valuable substance. Because of the veracity of the mining, the
island was left a ruin. And now, it holds a prison, and is known for
various dark deals. 7. Syria’s Heritage Sites
War is known to have many casualties, this is a fact. But the casualties often go beyond human life
and stretch out to the very world that is being destroyed by these wars. Syria in recent history has been going through
a lot via its own war. And a big casualty to this war are the World
Heritage Sites that the country has proudly shown off over the years. For example, in 2012, a fire caused by the
war burned downed the famed Aleppo Souk. In 2013, the Krak Des Chevaliers Castle was
hit by a bomb and partially destroyed, though reconstruction has begun. By the time 2014 came around, about 300 heritage
sites in Syria were either damaged or destroyed because of the war. Meaning that hundreds of pieces of the country’s
history are lost to time, or will never be the same again. 6. Atacama Desert Artifacts
In Chile, there is a desert known as Atacama, and it is in fact the driest place on the
face of the Earth. This is due to the lack of moisture in the
atmosphere. While this makes the place rather unihabitable,
it does make it the perfect place to preserve the writings and artifacts of the Pre-Columbian
people that resided there for some time. Archaeologists had found numerous sites in
the area that held insights into the people who lived in the Atacama Desert. This included massive drawings made by them
known as geoglyphs. However, starting in 2009, the Atacama Desert
became home to something unexpected, a Rally race called the Dekar Rally. While this may have been ok in context, the
organizers of the event didn’t take into account the preservation aspect of the area. And so the races bulldozed through very sensitive
archaeological areas, and ruined numerous drawings and artifacts. Just the 2011 race damaged 44% of the sites
in the area, and the race continues to go on to this day, damaging more and more of
these ancient artifacts. 5. Tibetan Monasteries
The people of Tibet are a very religious culture, and one of the things they value more than
anything else is their monasteries where they go to pray and perform their rituals. But, when China invaded Tibet back in 1950,
they repressed the people’s rights, and made examples of their monasteries by burning them
to the ground. Since that invasion, 6000 monasteries were
destroyed, and that’s to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands of people that were
tortured or killed by the Chinese during said invasion. By 1978, only eight monasteries in Tibet remained,
and the repression of their religion and rights continues. Though the remaining Tibetan Monks, said to
be less than a thousand now, are fighting to end this reign of terror and rebuild what
was lost. 4. The Library of Alexandria
Easily one of the biggest losses in terms of academia, the Library of Alexandria was
said to be one of the largest and most famous libraries in the world during its time. What’s forgotten, is that it was actually
just one half of a building, it was also connected to a museum. It was created by Ptolemy I Soter (ancestor
to Cleopatra) and maintained by his people during the third century BC. However, the library was not to last, as the
place was burned to the ground, with all its immense knowledge taken with it. But, there are some show claim that the library
was actually in decline by the time it was apparently burned down by Julius Caesar. Regardless of how it was taken down though,
it’s widely considered one of the greatest losses of knowledge in human history. 3. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
It’s likely not a stretch to say that you’ve heard of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon at
one point in time or another. This place has been called one of the 7 Ancient
Wonders Of The World since they named said wonders. However, despite the claim of it as a wonder…it’s
never actually been found. So if it’s never been truly found, why is
it such a noted piece of history? It all started with a document written by
Berossus of Babylon. Who noted that in the time of 600 B.C., King
Nebuchadnezzar II had the Hanging Gardens built in honor of his wife, Amytis, though
others say it was made by the Queen Semiramis in the 9th Century B.C. Now, according to the documentation, the gardens
didn’t actually hang, but, because of how the plants grew in the gardens, it did drape
over the architecture. Thus how it got its name
The topic of the Hanging Gardens is tricky, because Babylon did exist, and it had a nice
time as the center of an empire. Many feel that the city itself was actually
in what is now Iraq. However, despite knowing where the city is,
the gardens were never seen in any part. Furthermore, outside of Berossus, the only
other documented mention of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was by a Greek historian named
Diodorus Siculus and a few other Roman writers. There’s no other mentions anywhere of it,
including in Babylonian texts, where you would think the people who made the garden would
talk about it, but they didn’t. So what happened to the legendary Hanging
Gardens of Babylon? Three theories exist that may explain its
“absence”. One was that the gardens were a myth made
by the people for one reason or another. The second theory is that the place was real,
and then was destroyed either by man or by nature. This is the theory that many believe given
the turbulent nature of the land in the time period, and there were recorded earthquakes
around the time it was “lost”. Finally, the legend could actually refer to
another garden, one that was near Mosul. Regardless of what it was or wasn’t, people
are still searching for this wonder of the world. 2. Atlantis
The legend of Atlantis is one that spans many cultures, and some believe that despite its
“legend” status, that it is a real place. Many talk about Atlantis even though we can’t
actually confirm that it was a real place, yet many think it is, and many are searching
the oceans for it to this day. And, given that many ‘lost cities’ have been
found underwater, it gives hope to those who feel that it truly exists. The first record of Atlantis ever being mentioned,
at all, was in 360 B.C. by the legendary philosopher Plato. He described an island nation that had more
advanced technology than anyone in the world before, or possibly since. Furthermore, it was said to have a Navy that
was unmatched. But, in 9600 B.C., something happened to Atlantis,
and it sank. Notice, that there’s a 9300 year difference
from when Plato writes about Atlantis, and when it apparently sank. Why did no one talk about it before that time? Regardless of the lack of historical proof,
there have been many expeditions to try and find definitive proof that Atlantis exists,
and while that has gone on, there are many stories and legends within pop culture about
Atlantis as a nation. There was a Disney animated film starring
Michael J. Fox about Atlantis. And, of course, there is DC Comics and Marvel,
who each have their own interpretation of what Atlantis is and isn’t, and who rules
it. In DC Comics, Atlantis was sunk by the gods,
or after Neptune used his legendary Trident to protect the city from danger, it depends
on the time period, and has resided in the bottom of the ocean ever since. It is indeed a legendary city that has very
advanced technology, as well as magic. And it is one of the homes of Arthur Curry,
AKA Aquaman. Atlantis has played a big role in the DC Comics
universe over the years. As for Marvel, their version of Atlantis isn’t
as grand, but it is ruled by the Sub-Mariner, aka Namor, who is actually part Mutant, and
is an ally of the X-Men. Atlantis may indeed be a legend, but it’s
a legend that honestly inspires people to think about what our world used to be, and
what it can still be. To that end, if they can prove Atlantis is
real, then our entire world’s history would change in an instant. And because of that, it’s worth risking everything
to try and find the slightest proof that it is, or was, real. 1. Mesopotamia
While technically not “lost to history”, the land known as Mesopotamia, which many consider
the birthplace of man in some ways, looks nothing like what it did back in the earliest
days of history. In fact, Mesopotamia is said be the birthplace
of written history. The area itself was a part of southwest Asia,
specifically between the legendary Tigris and Euphrates river system. It was a place that was settled as far back
as the Paleolithic Era, and by 14,000 B.C., the first semblances of a civilization took
form. It was in Mesopotamia that certain history-changing
inventions were made, like the wheel, maps, sailing, writing, and of course, true civilization. They were living in houses of circular nature
by the time 14,000 B.C. came around. Around 5,000 years later, this civilization
learned how to farm, and even use the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates via irrigation. The people of Mesopotamia continued to grow
until they were able to form their own cities, like Uruk in 3200 B.C. If you’re curious, the reason that it’s “lost
to history” is because for many thousands of years after its colonization, the land
would be taken over by many different tribes of people. The Akkadians, The Babylonians, the Hittites,
and even Alexander the Great during his reign. And now, it’s just another part of the world. But at one time, it was very nearly the birthplace
of modern human society. Thanks for watching! What did you think of these places lost to
history? Do you know of another place that met a similar
fate? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe, and I’ll see you next
time!

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