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Ruined Places

January 04, 1998

The world's best ruins, as determined by editors and contributors at America Online's Travel Corner:

Angkor Wat, Cambodia (above)

Enormous 12th century temple with spectacular bas relief

Machu Picchu, Peru

Fortress city of the ancient Incas

Mayan ruins, in Guatemala, Mexico and Belize

Major indian civilization dating to about 1,500 BC

Luxor, Egypt

Temple of Luxor, built during reign of Amenhotep III (about 1411-1372 BC)

Petra, Jordan

Ancient rock city with hillside tombs

Ephesus, Turkey

Well-preserved Roman city

Lindos, Greece

Mixture of ancient, Byzantine, Frankish and Turkish remains on Rhodes

Rome's ruins, Italy

Highlights include Coliseum and Pantheon

Wye River Valley, Wales

Home to Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and other medieval structures

Fatehpur Sikri, India

City founded in 1569 by Mogul emperor Akbar; masterpiece of Muslim architecture

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