It might be difficult to imagine how an entire city can become lost in time, leaving nothing more than ruins in its wake. Whether due to war, natural disaster, climate change or other reasons, cities have risen and fallen throughout history. Some such cities, like Pompeii, were only rediscovered centuries later by archaeologists or even by accident, having been all but forgotten by the passage of time. Here are some of the most remarkable lost cities out there, waiting for you to rediscover.
1. Akrotiri, Santorini
Located in one of Greece’s most romantic and popular vacation islands, the settlement of Akrotiri dates back a staggering 7,000 years. Starting as nothing more than a small fishing village, it eventually became an important trading post, featuring extensive sewage systems, paved streets and dozens of stone buildings. However, the eruption of Mount Theba wiped out the city in the 17th century, leaving the place in ruins and uninhabited ever since.