Nothing is more haunting than seeing a once bustling city
You’ll find plenty of Roman ruins in Rome, Italy, but the Roman Empire encompassed more than a million square miles at its peak in the 2nd century AD. As such, there are Roman ruins scattered throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.
In ancient times, the city of Jerash was known as Gerasa, and features many Roman ruins today, which include the Corinthium column, Hadrian’s Arch, the circus, two large temples, an oval Forum, two theaters, two baths, and several small temples.
The most carefully preserved ancient Roman theater in the Middle East can be found in Bosra, Syria. It was restored in between the late ’40 and middle ’70s and is now the site of the Bosra Festival.
The ancient Mediterranean Roman city known as Leptis Magna is located in modern-day Libya. It was a prominent location in the Roman Empire and contains some of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world.
This small northern African country was conquered as a result of the Battle of Carthage and its economy flourished during its time as part of the Roman Empire. The main draw is a gorgeous amphitheater located in El Djem.
The Roman city of Volubilis was located in Morocco, another northern African country. Half of the area remains to be excavated, but many beautiful structures have so far been unearthed, including the Basilica and the Capitoline Temple as well as numerous private structures.
The Roman town of Baalbek is home to many gorgeous ruins, including amazing and enormous temples. After the Near East was conquered by Alexander the Great in 334 BC, it was known as Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.
In the modern-day city of Nîmes, France, you’ll find an impressive array of Roman ruins from when the city was home to 50,000 to 60,000 Roman citizens. A beautiful Roman arena, a well-preserved ancient temple called Maison Carrée and many other buildings make up part of the history of this city.
There are many examples of ancient Roman ruins in the U.K., but one of the more famous is located in Bath, England. Known as Aquae Sulis in ancient times, it was and still is, well-known for the hot spring bath from where the town gets its name.