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15 Ancient Ruins You’ll Regret Not Visiting In Your Lifetime

15 Ancient Ruins You’ll Regret Not Visiting In Your Lifetime

If you are going to go on a vacation simply to recharge your batteries, then a nice weekend in the country, say within a 100 mile radius of your home town, is more than enough to help you relax. However, avid travelers find much more satisfaction in exploring other cultures, learning about the history of the world, and taking in some of the magnificent works of architecture left by our ancestors.

If you fancy yourself a world traveler and a lover of culture, instead of a mere tourist, there are tons of unique awe inspiring ancient ruins for you to explore. Here are some of the most beautiful.

1. Koh Ker – Near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Koh Ker

    About 75 miles from Siem Reap in Cambodia is a beautiful and well-preserved temple, and a number of other ancient structures, among the jungle covered hill slopes. The ancient city of Koh Ker was built from sandstone and brick. It features an impressive seven-tier pyramid among other spectacles.

    2. Petra – Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

    Petra

      Raising out of the coarse sands of the Jordan desert, the sandstone cliffs are host to a wonderful and ingenious piece of architecture – a city carved in the rose-colored stone. The Rose City was established nearly 2500 thousand years ago. It has been a very popular movie location in the recent past due to its unique style.

      3. Borobudur – Magelang, Indonesia

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      Borobudur

        In a wide clearance in Magelang, surrounded by hills and forests, lies a huge stone structure – the world’s largest Buddhist temple. It features nine raised platforms, with a huge central dome and over 2,500 thousand relief panels. There are also hundreds of statues depicting the Buddha. It is an inspiring experience, regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not.

        4. Bagan – Mandalay Region, Myanmar

        Bagan

          A relatively small ancient city, covering an area of 42 square kilometers. This unique gem is a host to well-over 2000 Buddhist temples. There are fun activities like balloon rides over the area, but one can simply take a stroll and experience the awesomeness firsthand.

          5. Pompei – Near Naples, Italy

          Pompeii

            Probably the best preserved ancient Roman city in the world, Pompeii was wiped out when the nearby volcano erupted. Fortunately, the volcanic ash that covered the entire city actually helped preserve the architecture, artworks, items, and even the bodies of the inhabitants. Exploring its streets is like taking a walk through history.

            6. Chichen Itza – Tinum Municipality, Mexico

            Chichen Itza

              This vast Mayan archeological site is a true marvel of ancient ingenuity, featuring a huge pyramid known as El Castillo. People actively lived there from as early as 600 AD to about 1200 AD. There are a multitude of different styles of buildings to be observed at this silent testament to the might of the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America.

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              7. Teotihuacan – Just Outside Mexico City, Mexico

              Teotihuacan

                A wonderfully preserved and impressively sized ancient site, with numerous stone pyramids and paved streets, Teotihucan is truly something to behold. There is a lot to explore in one place. There is a reason why they called it “the birthplace of the gods”.

                8. Tikal Ruins – Petén Basin, Guatemala

                Tikal Ruins

                  Here is another great Mayan city with tall stone structures that have stood the test of time. It just goes to show how developed the pre-Columbian civilizations of America were. The big temple is 47 meters high, with a steep staircase leading to the chamber on top, where you’ll also find an excellent view of the surrounding area.

                  9. Asklepieion of Kos – Kos, Greece

                  Asklepeion

                    This ancient medical center has been ravaged by the passage of time; however, its parts are quite well conserved, particularly compared to some other Greek ruins where only a few small stones still remain. It was built to commemorate the famous ancient physician Hippocrates, as well as honor the god of healing, making it an excellent pilgrimage site for medical professionals.

                    10. Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England

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                    Stonehenge

                      A nearly miraculous feat of ancient engineering, Stonehenge features huge man-made rock formations in a circular layout. These Neolithic structure make us wonder just how the ancient peoples that inhabited Britain managed to produce such a grandiose monument.

                      11. Sunken Ancient City of Heracleion – Alexandria, Egypt

                      Heracleion

                        A once great and proud metropolis, the city of Heracleion lie sunken underneath the sea for over a millennium, until it was finally rediscovered in 2000. There are tons of beautiful statues, inscribed slabs, and all manner of ancient wonders for the eager scuba diver to explore.

                        12. Ephesus – Ionian Coast, Turkey

                        Ephesus Ancient Greek City

                          A powerful and beautiful Ancient Greek city, dating back to the 10th century BC, Ephesus is incredibly well preserved, given all the wars the Greek states had seen during their time, not to mention the elements eating away at it for millennia. There are many world famous examples of early Greek architecture to be seen, and a lot of them are in fairly good shape.

                          13. Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand

                            An astounding number of buildings still remain in excellent condition in the Ayutthaya National Park, pointing to a glorious past where Ayutthaya was a capital of a large kingdom. It’s worth mentioning that extensive repairs and reconstructions have been done over the years, helping this site retain much of its former glory.

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                            14. Ellora Caves – Maharashtra, India

                            Ellora caves

                              It mast of taken tons of devotion, hard work, and skill to carve out 34 different caves to create these breathtaking temples. The site features Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples standing together proudly, as a silent reminder that people of different religious creeds can live in harmony. The Ellora caves are simply amazing.

                              15. Ancient Tombs – Valley of the Kings, Egypt

                              Luxor tomb

                                No list of wonders ancient ruins would be complete without the many Egyptian pyramids. However, the pharaohs that ruled the so-called New Kingdom went a step further and had their giant tombs in the hills of Luxor. There are 63 tombs across the Valley of Kings, with the last discovered quite recently in 2005. It seems that the valley still holds a few secrets that we are yet to discover.

                                No serious traveler should go through their entire life never to have seen some of these amazing and inspiring ancient ruins. You get a new-found respect for our ancestors who were, among other things, creative artists and incredibly gifted architects.

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                                Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                1. Exercise

                                It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                2. Drink in Moderation

                                I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                4. Watch Less Television

                                A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                6. Don’t Smoke

                                This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                7. Socialize

                                Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                9. Be Optimistic

                                Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                10. Own a Pet

                                Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                11. Drink Coffee

                                Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                12. Eat Less

                                Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                13. Meditate

                                Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                15. Laugh Often

                                Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                17. Cook Your Own Food

                                When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                18. Eat Mushrooms

                                Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                19. Floss

                                Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                21. Have Sex

                                Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                Reference

                                [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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