Posted on 21/03/2016

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Have you heard of these little-known ancient wonders?

Already ticked Petra, Angkor Wat and the Colosseum off your bucket list? Check out these lesser-known ancient wonders of the world...

Derinkuyu, Turkey

Underneath the small town of Derinkuyu lies the largest system of caverns ever built by hand, also named Derinkuyu. This underground city is home to schools, stables and churches and a complex network of passages, but they are all carved from soft volcanic rock 60m to 85m beneath the surface. Derinkuyu was originally built between the 7th and 8th Century BC to defend against attacks from marauding armies. - Wikipedia

Nan Madol, Federated States of Micronesia

Built around 1200, the mysterious floating Micronesian city of Nan Madol is a series of man-made basalt islets separated by a network of canals. One man on the site said: "[Nan Madol] was apparently the residential complex of the island elite and each islet served a specific purpose, such as canoe building, cooking, caring for the sick, and was probably roofed over with timber and palm thatch.? - Wikipedia

Baalbek, Lebanon

The ancient site of Baalbek was settled some 9,000 years ago and attracted a series of ancient peoples, including Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. It was used primarily as a religious site, with monumental temples devoted to various Gods. - Wikipedia

Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland

Constructed more than 5,000 years ago, this ancient site is storied in Irish folklore and considered one of the most important megalithic structures in Europe. Inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a chambered passage that stretches for 19m, ending with three small chambers thought to be ancient burial sites. It is also an accurate time-telling device as it's aligned with the rising sun and its chambers are flooded with light during the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice. - Wikipedia

Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India

India's Ellora Caves are considered the pinnacle of Indian rock-cut architecture. The site's 34 caves were carved from the stone face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 9th Century. The caves are most valued for their ancient paintings and sculptures, considered masterpieces of Buddhist art that are considered the beginning of classical Indian art. - Wikipedia

While the world's more popular ancient wonders are incredible sights, don't forget about those that have slipped under most traveller radars. A question posted on Quora asked travellers what they think is the most impressive ancient structure in the world. On the list are some sights that are too special not to share.

From a network of ancient Micronesian floating islands, to an underground Anatolian city carved entirely of volcanic rock, check out these wonders of the ancient world and explore some undiscovered sights.