6 ancient ruins where 'Indiana Jones 5' should be filmed
The world offers no shortage of abandoned palaces and castles befitting the next "Jones" film.
Move over superheroes. One of cinema's greatest action stars is about to dust off his fedora, coil up the whip, and embark on yet another classic adventure. Earlier this month, Disney announced that development of a fifth entry in the "Indiana Jones" franchise with director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford signed on to return.
While nothing further regarding a plot or even a possible screenwriter has been released, we thought it would be fun nonetheless to provide a little inspiration for any scouts out there tasked with finding some ancient ruins for Indy to explore. With real locations finally back in vogue over their disappointing green screen counterparts (I'm looking at you "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"!), these six international locations, many relatively unknown, would prove a tempting adventure to any archaeologist.
The cliffside ruins of Montfort Castle
Built on a tree-lined precipice above the Kziv river in Israel lie the remains of Montfort Castle. A 12th century stronghold, the site was originally created as an agriculture estate before later being converted into a castle. Today, it offers one of the finest examples of fortified building architecture from the Middle Ages.
Due to its remote (and absolutely gorgeous location), Montfort Castle is accessible only by foot; a rare find for film scouts looking for something seemingly untouched. With so many levels and open rooms to explore, it would also make the perfect setting for a chase sequence involving some rare artifact or treasure.
The eerie Lycian Rock Tombs
The Lycian Rock Tombs date back to the 4th century and feature Roman architectural influence. (Photo: 一元 马/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Built into the sides of soft limestone cliffs and mountains in Turkey are some of the last architecture of a lost civilization. Called the Lycians, they cut countless tombs high above the landscape; part of a belief that the dead would be carried away by a mythical winged creature.
The tombs, dating back to the 4th century, are ornate on the outside and feature inscriptions complete with curses for those who might dare to enter. Unfortunately, centuries of looting have long carried away additional information on the lives of Lycians, but we wouldn't put it past a certain intrepid archaeologist to discover at least one more secret.
A Roman palace on the Mediterranean
If Dr. Jones were to find himself enjoying a little R&R on the Mediterranean coast, chances are he'd want to have a stop at the ancient ruins of Caesarea in Israel. A former jewel of the Roman empire, Caesarea today includes the remains of an amphitheater, hippodrome, a massive coastal aqueduct, and what's left of King Herod's palace.
For a man who loves preserving antiquities, Jones would also delight in what lies just offshore: the world's first underwater museum. From an ancient Roman shipwreck to the remains of a port city's fabled 2,000-year-old lighthouse, there's plenty to explore. Bonus: no whips or fedoras necessary.
The submerged ruins of Cleopatra's Palace
The great palace of Cleopatra, one of ancient Egypt's most famous rulers, slid into the sea over a thousand years ago after a series of earthquakes and one giant tsunami. Unlike other Egyptian ruins, what remains of the palace has remained relatively untouched and hidden under only 15 feet of water.
Besides the wooden foundation of the palace itself, divers have discovered a colossal stone head, two preserved sphinxes, bronze ritual vessels, amulets, and giant columns made of red Egyptian granite that once flanked the entrance. In fact, there are so many fascinating and gigantic (read: unrecoverable) preserved relics of ancient Egypt littering the sea floor, that officials have decided to follow the lead of Israel and turn what remains into an underwater museum.
With so many artifacts yet undiscovered around and within the submerged palace ruins, we're thinking this is fertile ground for Dr. Jones to hold his breath and take a closer look.
The impregnable Angelokastro Castle
While time eventually conquered Angelokastro castle, the imposing fortress holds the distinction of never once falling to the armies of man. Situated at the top of the highest peak on the island of Corfu in Greece, Angelokastro stands as an imposing acropolis with full views of the island and the Adriatic Sea. Virtually impregnable due to its strategic location, the castle has survived centuries of sieges and offered protection to countless generations of Greeks.
Visitors to the ruins will find much of the castle well-preserved, with the remains of a tower, garrison and cemetery all to explore.
The marvel of the Temple of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a 400-acre, 12th century temple complex in Cambodia renowned not only for its architecture, but also for the incredible carvings adorning nearly every exposed surface. Some 6 million to 10 million blocks of sandstone, each weighing 1.5 tons, make up the structure. One of the engineering marvels of the ancient world, none of the massive stones use mortar. Instead, they are expertly fitted by utilizing mortise and tenon joints and sheer gravity.
In addition to many rooms within the temple to lose yourself in, Angkor Wat also features a 213-foot-tall central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. It's an absolutely stunning wonder and an easy candidate for Spielberg and Co. in need of a well preserved temple that jumps off the screen.
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