The Parthenon and Acropolis, Athens
The capital and most important city of Greece is Athens, and the center of Athens is the Parthenon, the ancient Greek temple built atop the Acropolis (or citadel) in the center of the city. Contributor georgelek1966@hotmail flew his drone over this important UNESCO World Heritage cultural site, the centerpiece of which is the Parthenon temple, constructed in 447 BC and dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
Ruins of Rome
Through rays of golden sunlight, top contributor BeemFlights reveals the ancient remains of Rome's Colosseum from an aerial view. The jeers and cheers of the Roman Empire still seem to echo through the weathered arches of the famous amphitheater. His DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone footage also reveals the modern world that exists beyond the Colosseum's walls in the broad city views of Rome, the Eternal City. This video was a winner in the Drone Video of the Week contest in October, 2018.
Turkey's Ancient Perga
The ancient city of Perga lies in the Anatolia region of southern Turkey, just northeast of the regional capital Antalya. The city is mentioned in the Bible (New Testament) as being the home of St. Paul at one time. Contributor Turkey Home created an amazing drone video of this ancient Turkish city, which is situated between two important rivers in Anatolia. The bird's eye views will show you why Perga is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Turkey's Mediterranean Region.
Masada: Fortress in the Judean Desert
Masada is an ancient fortification built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert of southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea. During the First Jewish War of the first century AD, Masada was the site of a famous seige by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders committed mass suicide en masse rather than surrender. Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.
Jerash is an ancient city in northwestern Jordan, near the country's border with neighboring Israel. It dates to the Antiquity, although it was nearly destroyed in an earthquake in the 8th century and later rebuilt. It bears the marks of having been in the orbit of both European and Middle Eastern civilizations. Award winning contributor Fabio Knoll used a drone to create an amazing aerial tour of this city, which was unearthed by archaeologists in the early 1800's.
Israel's Ancient Judean Desert
The Judean Desert runs parallel to the Dead Sea in the eastern part of Israel. It is an area steeped in history, with tremendous historical importance to Judaism, Christianity, and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Islam. In this video, contributor Rea Burla treats us to spectacular tour of this amazing desert, which includes bird's eye views of St. George’s Monastery in the Wadi Qelt valley, the tomb of Moses, the UNESCO World Heritage site Masada, and the Dead Sea.
Contributor Volovisione, one of the top drone piloting companies in Italy, treats us to a highly stylized aerial view of the great ruins of Rome's Colosseum. It is the largest amphitheater which was ever constructed, and it's estimated it could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectactors. The Colosseum was tied directly to the Seige of Jerusalem in 70 AD; the building was adorned with booty captured from the Temple of Jerusalem and built largely with captured slaves from that bloody campaign.
Roman Ampitheater in Tunisia
The amphitheatre El Jem was built in 238 AD in Thysdrus, in a Roman province of Africa that is present-day El Djem, Tunisia. It is widely considered to be the best set of Roman ruins in all of Africa, and indeed one of the best in the world. Built for spectator events, and with estimated capacity of 35k, it's alsp one of the biggest amphitheatres in the world. Top contributor Fabio Knoll used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this site, which later served as a military fortress.
Stonehenge is a pre-historic monument in County Wiltshire in Southwestern England. The famous ring of stones, estimated to be 4-5,000 years old, is one of the most recognized and important cultural sites in the United Kingdom. While there continues to be debate about the function and purpose of Stonehenge, there is no debate that it looks amazing from the air. Contributor Mikee1554 does so beautifully in this stunning video, created with a DJI Phantom drone.
Hadrian's Wall: Roman Fortification
Hadrian's Wall was an important fortification system in England during the antiquity. It is located in Northumberland, the northernmost of the regions of the North of England. The wall was constructed during the second century AD as a defensive barrier against Scotland to the north. In this video, contributor Ewan Hillier flies along the great wall, which marked the northernmost outpost of the Roman Empire on the island of Great Britain.
Aizanoi: Ancient City of Western Turkey
Aizanoi is an ancient city in the Kütahya province of western Turkey. It was built by the Greeks and continued to be an important administrative center into Roman times. Due to its well preserved ruins of a temple and a stadium complex, the city has been submitted to UNESCO for designation as a World Heritage site. In this Drone Video of the Week nominee, contributor Iskenderfilm gives us a bird's eye view of this ancient city, which sits on the Penkalas River.
Ancient Armenian Temple
Contributor Johny Kondakjian Photography used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this spectacular video of the Temple of Garni, one of Armenia's cultural treasures. It is the country's only standing temple dating to the period before Armenia converted to Christianity in 301 AD. Believed to have been built in the first century, it collapsed in an earthquake in the 17th century, and was excavated and rebuilt in the 20th century. It lies in the Kotayk Province in the middle of the country.
Contributor jesus_tr used a DJI Spark drone to create this stunning aerial video of Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey. Mardin is the capital of the province of the same name, in Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia region. The city lies just a short distance north of the Syrian border. The city has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was part of two different Assyrian empires. Most of its prominent architecture dates to its time under a Turkmen dynasty in the 11th-12th centuries.
Sweden's Ale's Stones
In the Scania region of southern Sweden is Ales's Stones, the largest surviving ancient stone monument built in the shape of a ship. It's estimated that the monument was built between 1.5k-5.5k years ago (an unusually wide range for a ruins site), and the exact purposes of this and other similar ancient monuments in the region are still a mystery. Contributor FBAerial flew a drone over these ancient ruins to produce this impressive aerial video of the site.
Anfiteatro Campano: Roman Ampitheater
Less well known than Rome's Colosseum, the Capua Ampitheater in Santa Maria Capua Vetere (ancient Capua) was the second largest Roman amphitheater. The town is situated due north of Naples, in Italy's Caserta province. Built in the first century BC, the amphitheater was the scene of many important events in the Roman Republic and the Empire. In this video, contributor feola.mike captures these ancient ruins brilliantly with a DJI Phantom 4 drone.
Ancient Greek Aegean Temple
Contributor and drone pilot georgelek1966 used a drone to give us this bird's eye view of an ancient temple on the Greek island of Aegina. The temple of Aphaia was built in the fifth century BC on this island, which is one of the Saronic Islands in the Saronic Gulf, which is part of the Aegean Sea. Aphaia was a Greek goddess, worshipped exclusively at this site, who was thought to be important to fertility as well as to the crop growing cycle.
Turkey's Ancient Ephesus
The House of the Virgin Mary is near the location of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, outside of Selçuk, Turkey. These famous ruins, which are considered to be both a Catholic and Muslim shrine, were discovered in the 19th century and believed by many to the home of the Virgin Mary in the last years of your life. Videographer Jesus_tr filmed this modest but important shrine in this beautiful drone video. Ephesus is part of the Izmir Province on Turkey's western (Aegean) coast.
Templi dei Paestum, Southern Italy
Contributor Franxifra created this amazing aerial video of Templi dei Paestum, one of the most significant ruins sites of Southern Italy. Paestrum was an ancient city built by the Greeks in what is now the Salerno province of Campania. The core of the site is three very well preserved temples, two of which (the Hera temples) are shown in the video. The temples are believed to have been built sometime between 500-600 BC, and relate to a Doric order which is distinguished by the design of the column tops.
Pantalica: Neolithic Sicilian Site
Sicily is not only the largest island in the Mediterranean, it's also one of the oldest in terms of human settlement. Archaelogists believe that it may have been settled as long as 12,000 years ago, long before most areas of Europe. In this video, contributor armandoWDN gives us an aerial tour of Patalica, an area in the southeast corner of the island, near Syracuse. Pantalica is the site of the Necropolis, a cemetery which is thought to hold as many as 5,000 graves.
Ancient Rock Fort of Sri Lanka
Contributor NGreyTravels used a DJI drone to create this remarkable aerial video of one of the world's most famous hilltop structures. The Sigiriya ("Lion Rock") is a gigantic rock fortress and monastery complex located near the center of Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southern coast of India. The fortress was built in the 5th century AD as a new capital city by Kashyapa I, a long-serving king of Sri Lanka. It was later converted to a monastery, which was active until the 14th century.
For centuries, scholars have debated whether the story of the 'Trojan Horse" has historical foundation. Based on archaeological evidence, it is now believed that Troy, the city state which was at war with Athens and Sparta, was an actual city in western Turkey, near the present day city of Hisarlik. In this drone video by jesus_tr, you'll get a look at the site from the second millennium BC, which was famously referenced in two of the greatest works of western literature: Virgil's Aenid and Plato's The Odyssey.
Olba, Southern Turkey
Contributor and drone pilot Skaty created this epic aerial video of the ancient town of Olba, in southern Turkey. Olba was an important city in the Roman province of Isauria. It is located in the present day province of Mersin, one of the easternmost of the provinces in Turkey's Mediterranean (southern) region. The ruins you see in the video are approximately 2,000 years old. Olba is included in the Catholic Church's list of "dead diocese".
Greece's Temple of Poseidon
Contributor Moses B. created this marvelous drone video of the Temple of Poseidon, one of the ancient ruins of Greece. It's located at the tip of Cape Sounion, a promontory at the far end of the Attic Peninsula of Central Greece. The temple was built in the mid-fifth century BC, replacing an earlier temple at the site which was destroyed during a Persian invasion of Greece which occurred earlier in the century. Construction occurred during the time that Athens was ruled by Pericles.
Hadrian's Mausoleum, Rome
Check out this amazing aerial view of one of the most well-known ancient ruins sites in Rome, compliments of contributor Why Not Channel. It's the Mausoleum of Hadrian, also known as Castel Sant'Angelo. Commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian, the structure was completed in 139 AD and was the tallest in Rome for centuries. Due to its location in the Parco Adriano district on the northern bank of the Tiber and just east of the Vatican, it was later used as a papal fortress.
Phrygia: Home of King Midas
Phrygia is an ancient ruins site in southwestern Turkey. Several of its kings were amongst the most well known names from the Antiquity. They include Gordias (he of the Gordian Knot), Midas (the legendary king whose touch turned ordinary objects into gold), and Mygdon, who lived a generation before the Trojan War. In this video by yasinilcebay, you'll get an amazing bird's eye view of the ancient city, which is located in the western part of the modern day region of Central Anatolia.
British Camp: Neolithic English Fortress
Colin484 brings us this drone video of some famous ruins in the heart of England. British Camp is an iron age fortress which is located atop one of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, in the West Midlands region. It is thought to date to the 2nd century BC, well before the arrival of the Romans. At times, castles have been built upon the site, testament to its strategic importance and defensability. The site is a Scheduled National Monument and protected under UK preservation laws.
Dún Aonghasa: Irish Hill Fort
Check out this stunning drone video of some of the most famous ancient ruins of Ireland, compliments of contributor iampeternagy. Inis Mór is the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay on the country's western coast. It's also the largest Irish island not connected to the mainland by bridge. It is best known as the home of the Dún Aonghasa hill fort, which is featured prominently in the video. The construction date of the fort is not known exactly but is believed to be around 1100 BC.
Amathus: Ancient City of Cyprus
Contributor Nour Dupir created this amazing drone video of an important ancient ruins site on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Amathus was an Iron Age city on the southern shore of the island, dating to about 1100 BC. It was closely associated with the goddess Aphrodite, whose home was Cyprus. The city was founded by Cinyras, an ancient king of Cyprus who is much mentiond in many stories of Greek mythology. It continued to be an important city through Roman times.
Lake Garda's Grottoes of Catallus
To pcontributor Enrico Pescantini created this stunning drone video of some important Roman ruins in northern Italy. The Grottoes of Catullus are the remains of a Roman villa which was located on Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. They are situated at the tip of the Sirmione Peninsula at the southern end of the lake, which is part of the region of Lombardy. The video does full justice to the stunning natural beauty of the lake and the 2,000+ year old ruins from the ancient civilization.
Sardis: Capital of Ancient Lydia
Here's a fantastic aerial view of one of the most important ancient ruins sights in Turkey, compliments of top contributor jesus_tr. It's from the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis in Manisa, one of the (inland) provinces which makes up the Aegean Region of western Turkey. Sardis was said to be founded by the sons of Hercules. Later it was the capital of the kingdom of Lydia, one of the most important of the Antiquity. Still later, it earned frequent mention in the New Testament.