The ancient civilisations never fail to intrigue the researchers. Of all the mysteries, none has caught as much attention as the legendary lost cities or civilisations have. Right from the impenetrable jungles of America to the depths of the Mediterranean, the whispers and rumours of hidden and lost cities have always pulled the attention of the archeologists. From Atlantis to El Dorado, these ancient civilizations remain as mysterious as the cryptic legends that surround them.
Here is a list of 5 legendary lost cities that the researchers claim, are still not found:
1 – Atlantis
The legendary city of Atlantis was first described by the Greek philosopher, Plato in 360BC. More than two millennia on, the search for the mythical city continues to inspire the imaginations of explorers and historians. The city is said to have been the hub of a powerful kingdom that employed advanced technology and a navy that would go unmatched for centuries. The city’s destruction is said to have come around 9,600 BC in what Plato described as “one terrible night of first and earthquakes”.
2 – The Lost City Of Z
Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett first posited the idea of a vast ancient civilisation that had created a sprawling city in the jungle of the Mato Grosso region in Brazil. Fawcett nicknamed the city “The Lost City of Z” and set out with two compatriates to prove its existence in 1925. The three men vanished into the thick jungle and were never seen again. Since then, over 100 people have set out to find Col. Fawcett and his lost city. All have failed with many sacrificing their lives in search of the mythical city.
3 – The Kingdom Of Lyonesse
The kingdom of Lyonesse was a mass of land in Britain’s Isles of Scilly, which was engulfed by the ocean over the course of one day, according to the legends. Some speculate that the islands that exist there today are only the hilltops of the lost city. According to its oldest records dating back to the 14th century, an unidentified piece of land extending six miles from the sea existed before the flood.
It is also claimed that a major catastrophe occurred in the sixth century at the time of the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but no great underwater civilisation was found and apparently the geologists say the region has experienced a great deal of submergence over the last 3,000 years.
4 – El Dorado
The legends of this golden city dates back to 16th century when Europeans were captivated with the treasures of the New World. El Dorado translates to ‘The Gilded One’, and apparently a rumor involved the existence of a city high in the Andes mountains, whose king covered himself in gold dust.
Many expeditions have been attempted to find this city or the kingdom of gold, but the mystery still remains unsolved, except for appearing in some of the movies and games.
5 – The Legendary Lost City Of Kalahari
The Candian entertainer known as The Great Farini became one of the first western explorers to cross the treacherous Kalahari Desert in southern Africa in 1885. Upon returning to Canada, Farini spoke of a lost civilization buried in the sands. The entertainer had even taken photos that showed symmetrical stones stacked into what appeared to be wall-like structures. Throughout the 20th century, a number of expeditions have tried to retrace Farini steps but have ultimately failed to rediscover the lost city of the Kalahari. However, in 2016, Josh Gates, host of the television series “Expedition Unknown”, used aerial scans and radar to discover man-made ruins near an oasis located just inside the Kalahari. Although his find is yet to be confirmed, it looks like this lost city may no longer be lost.
featured image:Manfred Beck Arnstein, fantastic realist painting 1990