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10 Mystic Places of The Ancient World

Updated on January 19, 2014

Mystic Places of The Ancient World

The word mystic originates from the word mystical, which is relative to prayer, religion, and deeper thought. Within the ancient world there are several locations established upon their mystical powers and beliefs. These places can range from tombs, temples, gardens, and abbeys, as well as monuments. Quite often these beliefs will range from Greek Mythology, to ancient Buddhism, Confucian, and Taoist. At times they might also include religious beliefs like Christianity, as well as Islam, However these locations are not sole permitted to these types of beliefs, they might consist of paganism, as well as other occult beliefs.

What allows a sight to be mystic, is its ability to enlighten the ones who go there. Not every mystic site is capable of portraying this, and not every ancient site has this ability. But based upon its development within its mystic ways, its ancient mystical past, and its ability to present these symbolic gestures into today, we are capable of choosing these locations.

1) Mahendraparvata

For several decades the country of Cambodia , has been fully knowledgeable of a site once called Mahendraparvata which means mountain of the great Indra. Indra was known to b the Indo-Aryan god Indra, and was often thought of as a king of the heavens, as well as a symbol of strength and courage. Mahendraparvata was constructed during the Vedic period, although for the last 1,200 years the site had been long forgotten. This site had continued to remain unnoticed until June 15, 2013, when an archaeological group using airborne laser scanning technology had revealed its forgotten site.


2) Park of the Monsters

The park of monsters, or also known as the sacred grove, is a 16th century garden, built by Pirro Ligorio. This amazing garden in Bomarzo Italy, is a mannerism monumental complex dedicated to the death of Michelangelo.However there have been rumors within more recent years the dedication was truly for to the wife of Orsini, although these are only rumors. This interesting park features a wide assortment of astrological mythological creatures, made of stone, and hand chiseled. Some of these amazingly constructed statues consist of dragons being attacked by lions, bears, whales, and even a turtle. Also within the park is a statue of a winged horse or more commonly known as Pegasus, a mythological, astrological creature. The mystical origins of this particular statue dates back to ancient Babylon, where Pegasus was highly noticed as being a god, and is often portrayed as being the astrological sign of Sagittarius.

Each one of these statues portrays a deeper meaning into ancient mythological history, sun gods, and astrological air signs. The sacred grove has not always been kept in great condition,during the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century, this amazing park became abandoned. It was not until the 1970s that restoration would be applied to the site. After a few years of restoration, and being bought, the site was finally open up to the public


3) Ploutonion at Hierapolis

The Plutonian, or also known as the gates of hades, is an ancient site in Turkey, built upon a natural gas spring of carbon dioxide. Upon this spring stands a 32 square foot cave, which features a set of double stairs, and a gated doorway. The dating for this site is unknown, however several writers who lived around the time of 100 BC to 100 AD had written about this site. The ancient Greek geographer Strabo had written the following: "This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,". For this reason the Plutonian has been a tribute to Pluto, the god of the underworld.


4) Erechtheion

The Erechtheion in Acropolis Greece, was built between 421 and 406 BC as a complex marble temple. This ancient temple was built to accommodate the religious rituals of the mystery religion, and was dedicated to the Greek gods Athena and Poseidon. Athena was the favorite daughter of Zeus, who was believed to be the goddess of reason, embodiment and of wisdom. Athena was also believed to be the goddess of the city, and was presented upon the temple on the east part.

While the Greek god Poseidon was believed to be the only god to come second to Zeus in power. Within Greek mythology it's believed Poseidon had a series of disputes with other gods when he tried to take over their cities. Through the temple being dedicated to these two Greek gods, we are able to identify the purpose of this location, for what it is. Through Athena the world is presented with the message of protection over the city within her possession. While the god Poseidon is there to relay the message that the cites desire is to conquer other cites. Erechtheion is constructed of six porch's, one upon the north, south, west, and east locations, as well as upon the floor, and roof. Each section portrays a Greek god, just a few of the other gods are, Zeus, Boutes, Hephaistos, as well as consisting of various other gods, and heroes.


5)Temple of zeus

The temple of Zeus, located in Athans Greece, had originally consisted of 104 Corinthian columns, but today only 15 of these columns still stand, due to weather . A column is a very tall cylinder shaped support beam, which features elaborate detail upon the top, that often ripples down. The construction for the temple of Zeus began during the 6th century, under order of Peistratos the tyrant. However he would not manage to get the site finished due to being over thrown.

The temple of Zeus would sit for over 700 years until, Emperor Hadrian would finish the construction in 131 AD. The purpose of the temple was to worship the Greek god Zeus, who represents the laws of unchanging harmonious order, punishment, and phenomena. Within the inside of the pillars is a gold statue of Zeus, and another of Peistratos the tyrant. Making this location a complete dedication to the thought of a complete world tyranny.


6) Dazu Rock Carvings

The historical city of Chongquing China, is well known for the Dazu Rock Carvings, which were built during the 7th century. These amazing pieces of stone art consist of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist beliefs, which were created into sculptures and carvings. There are over 75 protected locations within Chongquing, which feature 50,000 statues, and 100,000 Chinease characters forming inscriptions and epigraphy.

This artwork consists of the last phases of rock art constructed within China, and are acknowledged by the world historical society as truly amazing. Some of the carvings at this location are meant to be moral lessons, for future generations. These lessons range from providing guidance of the soul, as well as meditation. One of the amazing sculptures at this location is known as the wheel of life which represents the divine forms of reincarnation, that Buddhist believe.

7) Ruins of Ancient Petra

The ruins of Ancient Petra, consist of temples and tombs that were constructed during the 7th century BC, in Jordan. These amazing temples as well as tombs are cut into elegant cliffed rocks of red, pink, and orange sandstone. This historical structure was the ceremonial center for King Nabataen and during the existence of Jesus.

8) Clonmacnoise

The Colonmacnoise, or also known as the Meadow of the Sons of Nós, is a monastery in Ireland. Founded during the 6th century by St. Ciaran, a Buddhist monk, and the son of a master craftsman. The Clonmacnoise was a center of religion, learning, trade, craftsmanship, and politics. Upon the site are ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two column towers, three high crosses, and the largest collection of early christian grave slabs in Western Europe.


9) Chorazin

The Chorzin is a 2nd century synagogue, in Galilee. According to christian beliefs the Chorazin was a cursed site by Jesus, although many religious scholars are unsure about why.

The ruins of the synagogue are black basalt, a volcanic rock, which is found locally in Galilee. Featured upon the blocks, that make up the synagogue, are carvings of Medusa. The Greek goddess, who is most known for her snake hair. Medusa was also shunned by the world. Other features of the synagogue, are three-dimensional sculptures of lions.

Some of these ruins consist of the seat of Moses, this seat consist of a single basalt block. Upon the back of the seat is Aramaic or semitic inscription. While others consist of ancient ritual baths, and painted murals.


10) Brama Młyńska

The Brama Młyńska in Europe is a mystic gate. This gate dates back to the middle ages, or the fifteenth century. A time when most city gates in Europe were constructed of wood. Although the Brama Młyńska is a firm structure created of masonry brick work in a two storey toward building. Which features two symbolic circles, upon each tower, for the never-ending knot.


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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi, this was fascinating! I love my archaeology so all these sites are somewhere I would love to visit. I have been to Cyprus and Kos and saw loads of ancient monuments there and yours are so interesting. the Ploutonion sounds mysterious, I would love to take a look at it, but hold my breath while doing it! lol! great hub! nell


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