Discover more than 30 incredible preserved wonders of the past – surviving relics that offer a glimpse into the history of humanity. These remarkable pieces of our heritage have endured through the ages and provide valuable insights into the world as it once was.
From ancient ruins to modern masterpieces, these surviving treasures are a testament to human ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance.
“New Discovery: A Well-Preserved Section Of The Via Flaminia Was Discovered During Construction Works”
“The road connected Rome with central and northern Italy and was built in the second half of the 3rd century BC.”
“Commonly Known As Dracula’s Castle, Bran Castle Is Probably The Most Famous Medieval Castle In Romania”
“Chepstow Castle Sits Atop A Cliff Across The River Wye Which Separates England And Wales”
“A Mosaic Discovered In Ancient Hadrianoupolis, Eskipazar District, Karabük Province, Turkey”
“Inside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona”
“These Are The Remains Of A Prehistoric House From The Bronze Age Settlement Of Akrotiri In Santorini”
“The Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri was one of the most important Minoan urban centres and ports in the Aegean Sea when it was covered by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC.
In prehistory it was a well connected Minoan port town, with connections to mainland Greece and as far afield as Egypt and Syria.
As the town was covered in ash following a volcanic eruption on the island, preservation of the settlement is exceptional, making this one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece”
“The Roman Pantheon”
“Then vs. Now : Maiden Castle; Largest Hill Fortress In England”
“Built in 600 BC, and greatly expanded in 450 BC, fortress sits atop a large hill 914m long. In Iron Age, hundreds of people lived there”
“Mehrangarh located in Jodhpur Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India. Built in around 1459 by Rao Jodha the fort is situated 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.
Also known as (The Cursed Fort) This is one of the largest Fort in the world and probably the strongest. Its located near Jodhpur and is situated 410 feet above the city. This fort has been part of several battles but enemies could never conquer this mighty fort.
Location : Jodhpur, Rajasthan”
“Old City Of Efes, İzmir, Turkey”‘
“Wreck Of The Ten Sail Is A Historic Shipwreck Event That Occurred Off The East End Of Grand Cayman On 8 February 1794”
“This ‘Colossus’ Sculpture Was Created By Italian Sculptor Giambologna In The Late 1500s As A Symbol Of Italy’s Apennine Mountains”
“Veiled Lady” (Bust) By Raffaelo Monti, 1860. Marble
“This masterpiece is a wonderful example of sculptor Raffaelo Monti’s skill. We can’t see through stone, but through tricks of light and polish, Monti created the illusion that we can. On his Veiled Lady, the top of the head and shoulders are polished smooth, to reflect light. But where the veil falls across the face, the marble is less polished. It reflects less light, suggesting the texture of fabric. Sculptures of veiled figures peaked in popularity during the 1700s in Italy, an opportunity for sculptors to show their technical mastery over marble. About a century later, Monti and other artists revived this technically demanding tradition.”
“A Few Years Ago, The World’s Largest Intact Ancient Mosaic Opened To The Public In Antakya, Turkey”
“The sixth-century stone mosaic, spanning some 1,200 square meters and made up of geometric shapes and non-repeating figures, was probably used as a public space in its time, archaeologists believe.
The stone is distinctive due to its curved, rug-like surface, and the artifact grew curved as a result of earthquakes in 526 and 528 AD.
Despite the quakes, however, the mosaic never broke, and made it to the present day intact and unbroken.
Unearthing the piece took nine years of hard work, and other historical artifacts were brought out during the excavation.
The massive mosaic proved that the mosaics of Antakya – ancient Antioch, in the Hatay province – are the finest historical artifacts not only in Turkey, but in the entire world”
“A Mysterious Unknown Artist Is Believed To Have Created A Rock Formation In The Lake District Known As The Borrowdale Banksy”
“The carefully placed structure, believed to be made from local slate, is circular in formation and provides a perfect frame with a view overlooking the Borrowdale Valley in Cumbria, England.”
“1,200 Stone Sculptures With Different Facial Expressions At The Nenbutsu-Ju Buddhist Temple In Kyoto, Japan”
“There Is A Road In Rome, The Appian Way, Which Was Built In 312 Bc By Appius Claudius Caecus And It Is Still In Use Today”
“The Swedish Warship Vasa”
“It sank in 1628 CE, less than a mile into its maiden voyage and was recovered from the sea floor after 333 years almost completely intact. Now housed at Vasa Museum in Stockholm, is the world’s best preserved 17th Century CE ship.”
“Mosaic Remains From Archaeological Site Of Volubilis, In Outskirts Of Meknes, Morocco”
“This Petrified Opal Tree Trunk Located In Arizona Is 225 Million Years Old”
“Radiocarbon Dating Of The Tarkhan Dress, Named For The Town In Egypt Where It Was Found In 1913, Determined That The Very Finely Made Linen Apparel Dates To Between 3482 And 3103 B.c., Making It The World’s Oldest Woven Garment”
“Believe It Or Not. There Are 100,000+ Carvings On The Gopura Of This Temple”
“The Impressive Colomares Castle, Spain”
“The ‘Little Chapel’, Which Is Located On Guernsey, Was Constructed Over Decades By Monks From France”
“It is adorned with hundreds and thousands of pieces of broken pottery and iridescent shells
The bijou place of worship, tucked away in Les Vauxbelets valley, ‘feels magical and otherworldly'”
“Over 3000 Years Old Animal Figurines Mounted On Little Carriages Are Described As Prehistoric Children Toys On Display At The Louvre Museum In Paris”
“The relics were unearthed in Susa, southwestern Iran, dating from Elamite Period, C.1150 BC”
“This Enormous Underground City That Once Housed 20,000 People Was Accidentally Discovered By A Man After Knocking Down A Wall In His Basement”
“When archaeologists later arrived to the site, they revealed that the city was 18 stories deep and had everything needed for underground life, including schools, chapels, and even stables.”
“A Magnificent Roman Striped Mosaic Bowl, Dating Late 1st C. Bc/Early 1st C Ad. Made Of Preformed Rods And Canes Fused On Or In Mould”
“The Oldest, Most Complete Bible On Earth”
“The Ethiopian bible, which was written on goat skin, was the world’s first illustrated Christian Bible and was written around the early 5th Century CE”
“Cemetery In Taiwan”
“The Crypt Of San Magno, Anagni, Italy”
“Also known as the City of Popes (four popes hailed from town), Anagni is crowned by its beautiful romanesque cathedral dating back to turn of 11th and 12th centuries”
“The Phuktal Monastery Is Built Around A Natural Cave, Which Is Believed To Have Been Visited By Numerous Sages, Scholars, Translators, And Monks Around 2,550 Years Ago”
“Roman Silver ‘Swiss Army Knife’, 200 To 300 Ad, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The Piece Contains A Knife, Spoon And Fork Plus A Spike, Spatula And Small Pick”
“Akkadian Cuneiform Tablet (1750 Bce)”
“Here we see one of the earliest surviving recipes ever written in the ancient Akkadian language. The artifact is dated to be from around c. 1750 BCE., and is a well intact cuneiform tablet that shows us 25 recipes for stews, whereas 21 are meat stews and 4 are of vegetable stews, but it does not give the measurements or cooking time. The tablet’s text was translated by Jean Bottéro and Teresa Lavender Fagan and is now located at Yale University.”
“Pompeii Ruins From Above”
“More Than 3,000 Years Ago, This Outstanding Gold Beaker, Decorated With Winged Bulls And Foliage, Was Crafted By Highly-Skilled Artisans In Iran (National Museum Of Iran, Tehran)”‘