23/06/2014 07:44 BST | Updated 23/08/2014 06:59 BST

10 Ancient Ruins That Can't be Missed

Imagine bustling streets, silks and spices, man-eating lions and mad emperors. Ruins aren't dead - they're your keys to the intriguing past of your holiday spot, so don't pass them up. Here are 10 sites you can't fly home without seeing.

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Luckily for modern-day tourists, the Ancients tended to build their cities in the most impressive sites they could find. So exploring the ruins in this list isn't just for history buffs. Get ready to discover some truly striking scenery and stories.