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Welcome. This group consists of Ruins--ancient, medieval, old west, and more recent like the Twin Towers. You can post all your images and pictures of ruins, including underwater cities, abandoned buildings and houses. However, these must be REAL RUINS--no digital arts allowed, although paintings of real ruins are allowed. Any images not in compliance will be removed.

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Founded: August 10th, 2017

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Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Parthenon in Athens, GreeceUploaded by: gundega
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Wild Roses by Sea
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Castle Ruins in Latvia
Castle Ruins in LatviaUploaded by: gundega
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Ruins in Cyprus
Ruins in CyprusUploaded by: gundega
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River Daugava in Latvia
River Daugava in LatviaUploaded by: gundega
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Castle Ruins by Lake
Castle Ruins by LakeUploaded by: gundega
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Ruins (from the Latin "Ruina") are the remains of human-made architecture: structures that were once intact have fallen, as time went by, into a state of partial or total disrepair, due to lack of maintenance or deliberate acts of destruction. Natural disaster, war and depopulation are the most common root causes, with many structures becoming progressively derelict over time due to long-term weathering and scavenging.

There are famous ruins all over the world, from ancient sites in China, the Indus valley and Judea to Zimbabwe in Africa, ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman sites in the Mediterranean basin, and Incan and Mayan sites in the Americas. Ruins are of great importance to historians, archaeologists and anthropologists, whether they were once individual fortifications, places of worship, ancient university,[1] houses and utility buildings, or entire villages, towns and cities. Many ruins have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in recent years, to identify and preserve them as areas of outstanding value to humanity.[2]

Ancient cities were often highly militarized and fortified defensive settlements. In times of war they were the central focus of armed conflict and would be sacked and ruined in defeat.[3] Although less central to modern conflict, vast areas of 20th-century cities such as Warsaw, Dresden, Coventry, London and Berlin were left in ruins following World War II, and a number of major cities around the world – such as Beirut, Kabul, Sarajevo, Grozny and Baghdad – have been partially or completely ruined in recent years as a result of more localised warfare.[4]

Entire cities have also been ruined, and some occasionally lost completely, to natural disasters. The ancient city of Pompeii was completely lost during a volcanic eruption in the 1st century AD, its uncovered ruins now preserved as a World Heritage Site. The city of Lisbon was totally destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake and tsunami, and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake left the city in almost complete ruin.

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