Coolest Ancient Ruins in the Middle East

Baalbek, Lebanon
Baalbek, Lebanon. Photo by Fred Nassar on Unsplash

There are so many things the Middle East has to offer to travelers. If you’re into history and artifacts from the far past, you’ll love these ancient ruin sites that are located in the Middle East, a land with a tremendous amount of history.

Palmyra (Syria)

An ancient Roman city in Syria about 200 kilometers north of Damascus, Palmyra was once a vital stop for traders on the Silk Road crossing the desert. Now, it’s home to amazing landmarks such as Ba’al, the Great Colonnade, the Roman theater, and the Qala’at Ibn Maan fortress.

Baalbek (Lebanon)

Located in Lebanon about 80 kilometers east of Beirut, Baalbek translates to “city of the Sun.” Most famous for its Temple of Bacchus and the tall colonnades, Baalbek has a long, storied history, having been under the control of the Egyptians, the Romans, the Byzantine empire, the Arab empire, and Syria before becoming part of Lebanon.

Persepolis (Iran)

Chances are pretty good you’ve heard of Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenian dynasty of Persia (Iran). Unfortunately, it was looted and destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and abandoned around 200 B.C. When you visit, be sure to check out the colonnades, Gate of All Nations, Apadana Palace, Throne Hall, and the Tombs of Kings.

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