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Every place in the world hides some ancient ruins. These enigmatic monuments make us walk with admiration as we consider how it is possible that after so many years they continue to preserve the essence of their imposing beauty.
Among its columns the echo of the life of past civilizations still echoes, the surviving foundations whisper to us what was happening there at another time, the end for which said work of art was raised. Even some can claim to be one of the seven wonders of the world.
The Acropolis of Athens, Greece © Getty Images
Historians and archaeologists have tried to find out the secrets that hide the ruins and what their original appearance was like. But as our imagination has a limit, NeoMam Studios, in collaboration with the company MyVoucherCodes, has decided to recreate the interior of seven of the most famous ruins on the planet.
“When one thinks of ancient ruins, images of collapsed steps, half-foot columns and crumbling statues come to mind. It is not the most inspiring of thoughts.
We wanted to change that and we knew that in order to do so we had to return to those milestones their former glory, ” Gisele Navarro, director of operations at NeoMam Studios, tells Traveler.es
This is the wonderful result, shall we enter?
Roman Baths (Bath, England) © MyVoucherCodes
Roman Baths (Bath, England)
The luxury that marked the Roman way of life is reflected in this complex of bathrooms. Built around 70 AD, the hot springs were part of the daily life of the ancient Romans, constituting a point of social meeting and relaxation for citizens.
The water, heated with geothermal energy, from the "Sacred Spring" filled the Great Bath . Although it is now outdoors, the bathroom was originally covered by a 45-meter high barrel vault.
Parthenon (Athens, Greece) © MyVoucherCodes
Parthenon (Athens, Greece)
Crowning the Acropolis hill, the Parthenon was built in the mid-5th century BC to house an imposing golden statue of Athena .
The brilliant sculpture was over 12 meters high and was made of carved ivory and gold. In front of the goddess Athena was a pile of water that provided the necessary moisture to maintain the ivory and that reflected the sun's rays entering through the skylight. Wonderful!
“ We have rebuilt each of them based on our research on how the experts believed they were before . So, for example, for the Parthenon, we base our reconstruction on multiple sources, such as a reconstruction made available by the Pennsylvania State University library or as the Athena statue of the Nashville Parthenon, ” says Gisele Navarro, director of operations at NeoMam Studios.
Basilica of Maxentius (Rome, Italy) © MyVoucherCodes
Basilica of Maxentius (Rome, Italy)
“The reconstruction of the Basilica of Maxentius is one of my favorite images, ” confesses to us the operations director of NeoMam Studios.
We can find this majestic building in the heart of the Roman Forum, in the capital of Italy . With an area of 6, 500 square meters, it was the largest Roman basilica of the imperial era.
It acted as a meeting house, commercial area and administrative building. The spectacular Corinthian columns, the chromatic marble floors and the gilded bronze walls made this one of the most impressive buildings in ancient Rome.
“I have been to the Roman Forum and it was an incredible experience. The grounds are impressive, although a bit confusing since there are ruins everywhere: remains of temples, basilicas, public spaces … ”, Gisele Navarro tells Traveler.es.
Domus Aurea (Rome, Italy) © MyVoucherCodes
Domus Aurea (Rome, Italy)
The Golden House was built between 65 and 68 AD by the Roman emperor Nero . Parties and huge banquets were held under the roof of this spectacular palace. The large octagonal room had a concrete dome, probably covered with a glass mosaic.
Precious stones embedded in the walls, ivory and mother of pearl decorations and ceilings with floodgates where flowers and perfumes were thrown during the emperor's celebrations were the essence of this ostentatious place.
Lower Terrace of Masada, Judea Desert (Masada, Israel) © MyVoucherCodes
The fortress of Masada, Judea desert (Masada, Israel)
King Herod built the fortress of Masada between 37 and 31 BC, where his palace is housed. This spectacular complex is perched atop a cliff, Over the Dead Sea
The elegant residence of the king had three luxurious terraces, and the architects of this project have imagined how the lower one would be. Porches and beautiful frescoes with colorful geometric patterns invited to spend hours in this cozy space.
Great Kiva, National Monument of the Aztec Ruins (New Mexico, USA) © MyVoucherCodes
Great Kiva, National Monument of the Aztec Ruins (New Mexico, USA)
These ruins were discovered in 1859 and reveal to us what the daily life of the Pueblo tribe was like, a Native American group that lives in the state of New Mexico.
The ruins have more than 450 rooms and include a fully restored kiva. What is a kiva? A huge round room, partially built underground, where people gathered to socialize, discuss important issues or celebrate parties.
Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia) © MyVoucherCodes
Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
This is the largest Hindu temple in the world, and Cambodia boasts it. Such is the pride that Angkor Wat is present in the flag of the Asian country . It is estimated that it took about 30 years to build this complex, originally dedicated to the god Vishnu.
Inside we can find a series of elevated towers, porches and patios on different levels, linked by a network of stairs. Here is the reconstruction of one of its lush courtyards.