Mysteries are always thrilling to unravel, and the world is filled with many of them that we still discover every day. Throughout history, civilizations have come and gone, and the once magnificent ancient cities or buildings become ruins or without a trace. While we could still visit some ancient ruins that provide us with a glimpse into how life was like in ancient times, others were lost forever, buried under structures that have collapsed over history from natural phenomena or disaster.  Still, do you want to travel back in time?

Read this list of 5 historic places you were never meant to see in your lifetime!

1. Thonis, Ancient Egypt: The sunken city 

Thonis was a prosperous Egyptian port city in the first century BCE that fell into the sea and was lost, buried in mud for 1,200 years. Why did this city sink? According to French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio, an earthquake in the region might have caused the city to sink. Historians have discovered remains and artifacts underwater, including a temple, gold coins, ships, inscriptions, and a large monumental statue.

2. Pompeii, Italy: buried in ash

Pompeii is one of the most famous and intriguing ancient cities that met a tragic end. The Italian city was buried in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  This is also a city that is frozen in time, providing us with a look into Roman life. The ash preserved the city entirely, including excavated ruins of streets and houses and bodies of more than 100 people.

3. Akrotiri, Greece: Beneath modern-day Santorini

Like Pompeii in Italy, Akrotiri was a wealthy ancient Greek city that we lost to a volcanic eruption known as the Minoan eruption or the “Bronze Age Eruption.” The bronze age city now lies beneath the Greek island of Santorini, a big tourist attraction today. The elaborate and sophisticated buildings from that ancient time are striking, especially the drainage system, which gives an idea about some of the first advanced indoor lavatories of prehistoric time. Artifacts of Akrotiri are now at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera after their rediscovery in 1867.

4. Pyramids Of Yonaguni Jima, Japan: underwater ruins

While looking for a place to observe the sharks back in 1986, Kihachiro Aratake, a director of the Yonaguni-Cho Tourism Association, noticed ruins of pyramids just below the waters of Japan’s Yonaguni Jima. Geologists believe that this fascinating site was an ancient Japanese city lost to an earthquake 2,000 years ago. To date, the underwater ruins of this historic place are still largely unexplored.

5. Port Royal, Jamaica

In the 17th century, this city was known as the “wickedest city on Earth,” all thanks to the notorious pirates that lived there — the real pirates of the Caribbean! The port city, which once stood on the southeast coast of Jamaica, was also famous for alcohol production and extravagance to the point where some of the wealthy people became beggars.  In 1962, however, an earthquake destroyed the city and submerged it in 40 feet of water forever. Many of the city’s artifacts are now in the museums of Jamaica. Those were some of the fascinating ancient sites or historic places from across the world that we were never meant to see but still awaken our thirst for knowledge or mystery and satisfy our curiosity, even if to a small degree! Let us know in the comments which of these historic places you wish you could see or go back in time!