There’s something magical about a lost city. Look at Atlantis, vanished beneath the waves, or the famous jungle city of El Dorado.
Not all lost cities are mythical, though. Others, like Pompeii, keep a firm hold on the public imagination. Ancient ruined cities offer the chance to walk (or swim) into historical settings and it’s easy to dream about the lost treasure or secret artifacts hidden away in these ruins …
This guide highlights 10 breath-taking ancient ruined cities, both above ground, and underwater, some of which I’ve used as settings for my thrillers.
1. Derinkuyu, Turkey
Ancient cities don’t always disappear back into the landscape. Sometimes they’re under the landscape. Like the huge underground city of Derinkuyu in Turkey.