Save Historical Lost Cities to the Modern-Day

Which cities would you save?

  • Petra

    Votes: 23 26.7%
  • Ur

    Votes: 17 19.8%
  • Angkor

    Votes: 23 26.7%
  • Karakoram

    Votes: 12 14.0%
  • Thebes

    Votes: 21 24.4%
  • Great Zimbabwe

    Votes: 23 26.7%
  • Nan Madol

    Votes: 13 15.1%
  • Kilwa Kisiwani

    Votes: 10 11.6%
  • Babylon

    Votes: 31 36.0%
  • Nineveh

    Votes: 21 24.4%
  • Persepolis

    Votes: 24 27.9%
  • Troy

    Votes: 25 29.1%
  • Tikal

    Votes: 13 15.1%
  • Chichen Itza

    Votes: 18 20.9%
  • Tenochtitlan

    Votes: 34 39.5%
  • Mesa Verde

    Votes: 18 20.9%
  • Palmyra

    Votes: 28 32.6%
  • (Insert unlisted city here)

    Votes: 11 12.8%
  • Pompeii

    Votes: 12 14.0%
  • Carthage

    Votes: 26 30.2%

  • Total voters
    86
There are many famous cities that were once centers for mighty nations, but were later abandoned for various reasons such as War, Soil depletion, natural disasters, sickness, or any other reason. Now, most of these cities became archeological sites, nearly ruins to study, or some bits survived and became UNESCO heritage sites, for tourist to awe at their historical significance, or in some cases completely destroyed

If you could save any of these abandoned cities, still heavily populated still living in the cities, thriving and adapted to the times, but still maintains their somewhat original form and their famous monuments and sites, which ones would you want to see survive to the modern day.

Some choices include:
  1. Petra
  2. Angkor
  3. Ur
  4. Great Zimbabwe
  5. Kilwa Kiswani
  6. Pompeii
  7. Troy
  8. Chicken Itza
  9. Tikal
  10. Babylon
  11. Nan Madol
  12. Tenochtitlan
  13. Persepolis
  14. Thebes
  15. Palmyra
  16. Nineveh
  17. Karakoram
  18. Mesa Verde
  19. (Insert name not listed)
 
Are talking about reconstructed in the past, or reconstructed in the present?

If past, sure that’s acceptable. If present day, that’s a different topic
Past it's not a bad idea i meany many cities were founded very close by ancient abandoned ones like mosul and nineveh
 
The problem is, that continuous habitation will, as time goes by, see all of the original structures replaced with new ones, one after the other, time and time again, raising the ground floor level by up to 7 metres. A continously inhabited Palmyra wouldn't e.g. have had a temple of Ba'al for ISIS to blow up, it would've long since been replaced with first a Christian church and then a mosque, which would likely have been rebuilt several times every couple of centuries. And residential and commercial buildings usually don't last even that long, most of then are replaced or at least embellished with a new facade after a couple of decades.
 
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Could ways to control flooding be found that don't require draining the lake?
They would be, the Aztecs already built a dam across the lake after all, the bigger problem in the long run would be the growth of the city in the industrial era, that would eat away the lake in the form of more and more landfills.
 
the bigger problem in the long run would be the growth of the city in the industrial era,
Yes, it needs to survive long enough it's valued for the history and preservation societies start to form.

To keep the lake from being drained in the first place maybe a few Spanish administrations that have visions of a Venice of the Americas.
 
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