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Egypt's 'Lost Golden City' and other recently discovered metropolises

Love Exploring Logo By Joanna Czechowska of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 39: Founded, flourished and eventually forgotten – this has been the fate of many cities since ancient times. A few names have stayed alive in legend and literature while others disappeared completely – until a chance discovery brought these mysterious metropolises back from the dead. From Sigiriya, the amazing hill-top site in Sri Lanka to the astonishing revelation in April 2021 of a 3,000-year old Egyptian city buried in sand, we look at some of the most fabulous cities lost and reborn.

Lost cities found

Founded, flourished and eventually forgotten – this has been the fate of many cities since ancient times. A few names have stayed alive in legend and literature while others disappeared completely – until a chance discovery brought these mysterious metropolises back from the dead. From Sigiriya, the amazing hill-top site in Sri Lanka to the astonishing revelation in April 2021 of a 3,000-year old Egyptian city buried in sand, we look at some of the most fabulous cities lost and reborn.

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