Over the years, we hear about the mysterious places from around the world, from Europe to the Americas, to Asia. This list will give you ten of the most popular and strangest areas on the planet. The mysterious spots remain unexplained, though experts have tried to examine how they were constructed and what significance they brought to the civilization that created them. In modern times these spots were always linked to the unexplained forces.
Take for example the Atlantis, many believe that it existed once, before it was gobbled by the waters in the Atlantic Ocean. Though there is no full account to support this claim, the mysteries of Atlantis remain unexplained and more fascinating. Other mysterious places are listed below, see the complete list of the strangest places on earth.
Cahokia was spread over six square miles (16 square km) situated directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri. Though modern development covers much of the site, archaeologists have unearthed some evidence that Cahokians drank caffeinated beverages and played a game known as “Chunkey.”
The civilization may have also built a Stonehenge-like wooden structure, perhaps important for keeping track of solstices and equinoxes. Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement, which has developed advanced societies more than 500 years before European contact.
During the 1200s, Cahokia was among the largest cities in the world, and its ancient population would not be surpassed by any city in the United States until the late 18th century. Cahokia Mounds is a National Historic Landmark and designated site for state protection. The site is one of only 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the United States.
9- Loch Ness
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater lake or sea inlet in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 23 miles (37 km) southwest of Inverness. Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish lake by surface area at 21.8 sq mi after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume and the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. Loch Ness contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.
The lake is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster called “Nessie”. The Loch Ness monster is a large unknown animal that inhabits the lake. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though it carries various descriptions.
8- The Great Pyramids of Giza
There are three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis; The Pyramid of Kufu or Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre and the great Sphinx, and the Pyramid of Menkaure. The Great Pyramid of Giza also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids, it housed the tomb of Pharaoh Kufu. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
The Pyramid of Khafre or Chephren and the Great Sphinx are located a few hundred meters to the south-west and is the second-tallest and second-largest of the Pyramids of Giza where the tomb of the Fourth-Dynasty pharaoh Khafre (Chefren), the son of Pharaoh Kufu was kept hidden. The Sphinx is a limestone statue of a reclining mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head that stands on the Giza Plateau.
The mythical statue is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafre. The Pyramid of Menkaure is located on the Giza Plateau, southwest of Cairo, Egypt. It is the smallest of the three Pyramids of Giza, which was built as the tomb of the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Menkaure. The mystery behind the construction of gigantic pyramids has remained unexplained to this day. How would ancient people build enormous architectures that could withstand a thousand years of natural disasters?
7- Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat also is known as the “City of Temples” is formerly a Hindu and now Buddhist temple found in Cambodia and considered as the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura, it was dedicated to the Supreme four-armed god Vishnu. The Dravidian-style of building architectures mostly of pyramid-shaped towers had influenced the construction of the temples.
In 1431, the inhabitants fled from several wars and natural disasters, abandoning almost all of Angkor. Though Buddhists remained in the temples, Angkor Wat was completely abandoned around the 15th century. Nowadays Angkor Wat has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s major tourist attraction.
Teotihuacan was a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city located in the Valley of Mexico that holds several Mesoamerican pyramids and multi-family residential compounds. The city was established around 100 BC, and the monuments were constructed until about AD 250. It was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population of 125,000 or more making it at minimum the sixth largest city in the world during its time.
In modern times the city and the archaeological site are located in the San Juan Teotihuacán municipality in the State of México. Mexico’s most visited archaeological site covers a total surface area of 83 square kilometers. No one knows who built the great pyramid-filled city of Teotihuacan until the Aztecs settled in the site and gave it its modern name, which means “the place where the gods were created.”
This prehistoric monument in England was believed to be built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. According to some archaeologists, the place could have been a winter solstice monument, or a UFO landing site. Stonehenge was produced by a culture that left no written records.
Many aspects of Stonehenge remain subject to debate. While the “mystery of Stonehenge” remains unexplained and its purpose remains a mystery, a number of myths have surrounded the stones. One legend details that the Stonehenge was originally built in Ireland by the ” African giants” who called the stones “healing rocks”.
They brought the rocks in Ireland for their healing properties, and gave its name “Giant’s dance”. And how did it end-up in Britain? King Aurelius Ambrosius of Great Britain wished to build a monument to honor the nobles who died in battle against the Saxons. Through the advice of the wizard Merlin, they chose the Stonehenge and journeyed to remove it from Mount Killaraus in Ireland. The gigantic rocks were magically transported in Britain by the wizard’s power.
4- Nazca Lines
The Nazca lines are ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The enormous geoglyphs depict simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards. They date back to between 400 and 650 AD. and are best appreciated by air.
No one knows why the prehistoric Nazca culture went through the effort of making the geoglyphs. Some believed that they may have had a ritual role or linked up to constellations in the sky. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometers (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
3- The Lost City of Atlantis
The Atlantis was believed to be a fictional city from the writings of Plato, the city was depicted to have submerged into the Atlantic Ocean after a fall out with the gods. However, other historians believed that the Atlantis is real, although it might come by a different name. Some experts linked the Atlantis to the Thera eruption in acient Greece. During the Thera eruption, volcanic ash and mudflow buried the Akrotiri village, a settlement on the volcanic island which was believed to be the Atlantis.
2- Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda triangle was believed to sink ships and airplanes without a trace. Several “mysterious disappearances” have been linked to the “devil’s triangle”. The myth all started when crew members of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers or the Flight 19 mission, disappeared off the coast of Florida, which later became the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1945 during a bomb training exercise.
Two hours after the flight exercise, the crew lost their compasses and were unable to locate a landing ground, the aircraft eventually ran out of fuel for more than five hours of flying and have crashed into the waters. A PBM Mariner flying boat was dispatched to rescue, but mysteriously lost radio communications and disappeared too. Though the Bermuda Triangle was considered unreal, the apexes of the triangle are generally accepted to be the Atlantic Ocean, Miami Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1- Area 51
Area 51, also officially known as Groom Lake or Homey Airport is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the correct names for the Area 51 facility are the Nevada Test and Training Range and Groom Lake, though the name Area 51 was used in a CIA document from the Vietnam war.
The facility comes by many names such as Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, Watertown, and Groom Lake. Area 51is located in the southern portion of Nevada, 83 miles (134 km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. It is the largest military airfield situated on the southern shore of Groom Lake.
The base’s current primary purpose is publicly unknown; however, based on historical evidence, it most likely supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. Although the base has never been declared a secret base, all research and occurring in Area 51 are Top Secret.