World Building - Ancient Ruins

I've posted images from Kanheri Caves already, but here are some images from Elephanta Caves, one of UNESCO's world heritage sites.  You can easily build an entire fictional world around both the religious aspects of Elephanta and the damage brought about by time and humans.  You could also go all out and write a Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones style adventure story!






So, who wants to write an adventure story where the characters seek lost treasure? Raise your hand so I can do a headcount ;)

More photos here on Flickr!

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  1. *raises hand* Hells yeah to Indiana Jones inspired fiction. That looks like a perfect setting.

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    1. It really was! I totally wanted to find the secret switches to open up hidden chambers ;)

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  2. Woah, okay. I was looking at the Wikipedia page... they actually made the caves. O_O I was imagining an already-there set of caves that they went into and carved the decorative stuff and maybe created some of the smaller rooms. But it says that they carved it out of a solid rock. Mind. blown.

    Gorgeous, as always! :D {Also, I actually laughed out loud at your tweet about the monkey mugging that woman! Smart!)

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    1. Yeah, all manmade. It's crazy!

      The monkey moment was brilliant! It shrieked at the woman, she shrieked back, it grabbed the bottle and had a drink :P

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  3. Oh my goodness. Those are absolutely breath-taking! I'm fascinated and slightly creeped out by ruins. Fortunately, the former outweighs the latter by an awful lot :D Thanks for posting these pics :)

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    1. You're welcome! There is something slightly creepy about ruins, but I love them sooooo much!

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  4. I've had the privilege of walking in many ancient ruins and ancient not-so-ruined remains in Egypt, Italy and Israel. Once upon a time I wanted very badly to be an archaeologist and Indiana Jones has always been my hero. So you know I totally have stories in that genre planned for my fantasy world!

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  5. (hand up) You could any number of sites as a setting and not just the obvious ones. There's Avebury Stone Cirlce in Britain and Skara Brae in the Shetlands too.

    Lewis Carroll used a hole in the ground for Alice in Wonderland.

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    1. Good point! The UK has some fantastic ancient sites. I'm quite fond of old castles ^_^

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  6. Me, me, me! *raises hand and bounces up and down impatiently* This is so very cool. I love stuff like this that's steeped in age, history and stories.

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    1. It just reminds you how amazing we humans can be :D

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  7. These are so cool! Thanks for sharing.

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