5 Legendary Lost Cities That Have Actually Been Found

At this point, from ancient myths, we’ll probably never find the real city of Atlantis, or the City of Gold-El Dorado. But no one can tell us not to look for them, right? Sure, maybe all of these places are just myths and legends about which some bright soul dreamed up and wrote a novel. They were just flights of our imaginations, reflections of what wonders the world might hold.

But there are real places where poor souls are made up to make their exploits sound more exciting in a faraway land, and that’s great, but some of the stuff that modern explorers have discovered really makes you wonder if those were real places. They found some of those “lost cities”! So, if they were real, it might mean that there was at least some truth in all the other legends. 

Let’s set out to explore five lost towns that were actually found!

1. Helike

Could the legendary Atlantis be here? It sure looks like it is, but who said that Atlantis was the only sunken town in the myth of Greece? In a single night, the town of Helike went down below. And Helike was destroyed by the wrath of Poseidon, the sea god, according to Greek myths. In 373 BC, Helike was destroyed and remained an old tale for hundreds of years … until it was discovered in the late 1980s. The disaster that destroyed it, according to archaeologists, was a huge earthquake. That liquefied the soil, turning the earth into water. That’s exactly what Poseidon would have done, on second thought.

Helike
Helike

2. Xanadu

Xanadu (or Shangdu) was Kubla Khan’s pleasure dome, where he spent those hot summer days. This is what he said when Marco Polo visited the palace in 1275: “a very magnificent marble palace, the rooms of which are all colored and painted with statues people and plants, and birds …” It was a real paradise on earth … until the Ming Army lost it in 1369.

Xanadu
Xanadu

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3. Sigiriya

King Kassapa thought of the best place to build his royal palace back in Sri Lanka in the 5th century, just putting it on top of a 200 meter high boulder! It was one of the most incredible castles in the world, according to legend. As of today, Sigiriya was declared the Eighth Wonder of the World by UNESCO. But for quite some time, it has been nothing more than the forgotten ruins of a deposed tyrant.

Sigiriya
Sigiriya

4. Vinland

Do the Vikings like you? I do, and it looks like there is a place on this list for one of their lost cities as well! Once upon a time, there was a German cleric named Adam of Bremen. Who had been told by Danish King Sven Estridsson about the Vikings. Who had sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and found a land where it all grew infinitely. “It is called Vinland, because vines grow there on their own.” For hundreds of years, Vinland was just a Viking myth. Then, at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland , Canada, archaeologists found the remains of an 11th century Viking settlement sometime in the 1960s. This was the legendary Vinland that all those tales were all about.

Vinland
Vinland

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5. La Ciudad Blanca

Hernan Cortes was so greedy that when he heard the rumors of a golden city hidden in the jungles of Honduras, he almost lost it! It was called the White City, or the Monkey God’s City. Fortunately, Cortes never found it, so the legend lived on, until one day a group of archaeologists followed. The clues left by one of the crazy locals, and they actually found the town where. The wacko said it was going to be, believe it or not. Unfortunately, there was no gold to be found, but in the middle of the rain forest. A pyramid was uncovered, built by a long-lost civilization that had vanished 1,000 years ago. That’s something, therefore.

La Ciudad Blanca
La Ciudad Blanca

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