Facts about Nan Madol Micronesia – It’s definitely hard to imagine how cities from all over the world gets lost. In a way that people who once lived in these city abandoned their home for many possible reasons. These includes climate change, war, natural disasters, loss of important crops or source of livelihood and etc.
To name a few of these lost cities are Memphis in Egypt, Sukothai in Thailand, Chan Chan in Peru. The ruins of Great Zimbabwe, Ankor Wat in Cambodia and considered as one of the most famous lost cities in the world no other than Machu Picchu in Peru. All of these cities mentioned above were already forgotten and olden by time until they will discovered and preserve centuries later.
The city of Nan Madol was built upon a coral reef comprising of more than 50 stone fill platforms atop of artificial island. Despite the extreme scale of building and architectural structure of Nan Madol. There are still no records is to where and how exactly people before built this heritage site of Micronesia.
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Awesome Fast Facts about Nan Madol Micronesia Includes:
1. The name Nan Madol means “spaces between” which refers to the canals that crisscross the ruins.
2. The estimated total area of the enclosure reaches to 75 hectares or 750,000 square meters.
3. Nan Madol in Micronesia is a series of more than 100 islets off the south-east coast of Pohnpei that were constructed with walls of coral builders.
4. Nan Madol are also mostly made up from basalt walls that are 15 to 25 feet high with estimated 17 feet thick. Basalt are stones formed by volcanic lava from an eruption.
5. According to UNESCO, these islets harbor in Micronesia still preserves its stone palaces, tombs, temples, and residential house that was said to built between 1250 and 1500 CE.
6. Also according to UNESCO, Nan Madol represents a globally significant masterpiece of creative geniuses. Because it exhibits the most perfectly reserved leadership, habitation and ceremonial plan of architectural ensemble of the Pacific region.
7. The ruins also represents the Saudeleur Dynasty. Which represents the huge scale of edifices, their technical sophistication, the concentration of megalithic structures and etc.
8. The site was also inscribed in the list of World Heritage in Danger due to threats and notably siltation of waterways. That is contributing the unchecked growth of undermining and mangroves in the area.
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