25 Modern Cities That Are Actually Built on Ancient Ruins

Throughout the world, you can find a handful of cities that have a fascinating history. Some civilizations built new cities on top of ancient ruins while others grew near historic landmarks.

Many of these cities realize that showcasing and respecting their past provides the key to preserving their priceless artifacts. Having ancient ruins in your city not only adds honor but also gives a boost to the economy. Every year, millions of tourists travel around the world to see these breathtaking monuments for themselves.

Cities such as Athens, Rome, and Paris have refused to completely modernize so they can pay tribute to their heritage. As such, they have served as popular tourist destinations for decades.

People enjoy feeling like they have been transported into the past. Submersing oneself in ancient ruins offers a glimpse into what life felt like thousands of years ago. Read on to discover 25 fascinating cities built on ancient ruins.

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Mexico City, Mexico

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Hernán Cortés is responsible for rebuilding Plaza del Zocalo, the Aztec ceremonial and political center that serves as Mexico City’s main square.

While it’s true that Mexico City has modernized a great deal since it was founded, there are some remnants from the ancient Aztec civilization. The Templo Mayor is one of the last standing ruins dating back to the pre-Columbian Aztec Empire.

Mexico City has a historic center that pays tribute to the ancient city that once was located on that very spot.


London, England

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Historians believe that London was founded by the Romans around 50 A.D. The city’s rich history has been built over the past two millennia.

Sadly, much of ancient London was destroyed by German bombs during World War II. However, there are still a few historic ruins hiding throughout the city.

One of the oldest landmarks, London’s Roman Wall, is currently crumbling although it once provided a protective shield surrounding the entire city.


Seoul, Korea


Seoul is currently the largest metropolitan city in South Korea. It has a population of around 10 million residents.

Its history goes back almost 2,000 years. The city was originally founded in 18 B.C. by the people of Baekje.

While Seoul is considered a very modern city, an ancient city wall stands in the heart of the city. Historians believe the wall dates back to the early 1300s and was built to protect Seoul from invaders.


Nimrud, Iraq


Just 30 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, sits the ancient settlement of Nimrud. Historians believe that Nimrud was the capital of the world’s first empire around 800 B.C.

In the early 1840s, large palaces and temples were rediscovered. Unfortunately, after the Islamic State occupied the area in 2016, many of the historic artifacts were destroyed.

Historic archeologists are doing the best they can to restore some of the ancient marvels.


Gondar, Ethiopia

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The city of Gondar, located in northern Ethiopia, was founded by Emperor Fasilides around 1635. During its prime, the city was brimming with the hustle and bustle of an ancient civilization.

Unfortunately, much of the settlement was destroyed by repeated invasions during the mid-1800s. A few remains of castles and churches can still be found in the ancient city.

The area isn’t highly populated, so when people visit, it truly feels like taking a step back in time.

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