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14 legendary lost cities

By: Bryan Nelson on May 21, 2014, 3:53 p.m.
Temple at Angkor Wat temple

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Empires uncovered

We're fascinated by mythical places like Atlantis because confirmation of their existence eludes us, but there are scores of once-magnificent cities that we've found. From Machu Picchu to Babylon to Angkor Watt (pictured here), the ruins of these ancient metropolises remind us that no civilization is too big to fail. Here's our list of the greatest lost cities — at least the ones we know about today.