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‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’ might be a lot tougher if the game was set in these 10 cities. Some were abandoned due to colonial conquests, others fell to the power of Mother Nature and and still others were deserted for as-yet unknown reasons. Stretching from southwestern Colorado to northwestern Turkey, these lost cities are excellent travel destinations. Read on to decide which city will jump start your outlook on history, and your next holiday plans.

Carthage

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via Steve’s Genealogy Blog

Before the Punic Wars destroyed this thriving city, Carthage, located on the tip of what is now Tunisia, served as a vital crossroads for maritime trade. The Roman empire did not look kindly upon Carthage siding with the Phoenicians, and in 146 BC, they not only captured, raped and enslaved the city’s residents, but set the place on fire and plowed the land with salt to prevent natural growth. It didn’t take long for the Romans to change their minds, though, and after they re-founded the city, Carthage prospered till the Muslim conquests of 698 AD.

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Born in New Delhi, India; after nine years, I pit-stopped in Fort Worth, Texas (read: culture shock) for another nine years, and finally escaped the South to attend NYU and major in cinema studies. Friends include tea, sweets, all food (except beef/pork/almonds), sleep, books, the newspaper, television and Netflix (and a few real people). Enemies include chemistry/physics/science/math/numbers of any kind, lack of sweets, lack of sleep.

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