How seven ancient ruins around the world would look like if they were ...

When we think of ancient ruins, we think of dilapidated monuments, half-standing columns and crumbling steps.

But an animated video has given us insight to how these structures might have been viewed today if they hadn't been destroyed.

This Is Render and Expedia have teamed up  to give us an idea of how seven ancient ruins would have looked in their heyday.

We take a look at the Parthenon in Greece, Nohoch Mul Pyramid in Mexico, the Temple of Jupiter in , Milecastle 39 in England, Luxor Temple in Egypt, the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico, and Area Sacre Di Largo Argentina in and how they appeared then and now.


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Located in Athens, Greece, atop the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated the goddess of wisdom, Athena.  

The temple's construction began in 447 BC and it was completed in 438 BC. At the time, it was larger and more grandiose than any temple constructed in Greece before.

It was made completely of marble, had 92 colorful rectangular panels near the top of the temple, an Ionic frieze running along the interior walls and a six-foot tall golden statue of Athena.   

In 1687 it was severely damaged in the Great Turkish War, when Ottoman Turks fortified the Acropolis and used the Parthenon as a gunpowder magazine. A mortar blew up the magazine, destroying a great deal of the original structure.


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Coba is an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, believed to have first been settled between 100 BC and AD 100.

The Nohoch Mul pyramid stands at 137 feet tall and is the tallest Mayan pyramid on the peninsula and the second tallest Mayan pyramid in the world.

Cona was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the peninsula around 1550 and it was not discovered until the 1800s. However, the thick and dense forest made it inaccessible to the public until 1975.


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The temple to Jupiter, the god of the sky and thunder,, was built in Pompeii in the mid-2nd century BC in the center of the Forum.

At the steps leading to the top, six columns led into an open space which in turn led into the inner sanctuary which held the statues of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva

In AD 62, an earthquake in Pompeii destroyed much of the temple. Then, while awaiting restoration, the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, coveting the city in lava and ash.

The site was rediscovered in the 16th century and spent several years under excavation.


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