What 7 Famous Ruins Would've Looked Like on the Inside When They Were New

How the Parthenon and Angkor Wat were meant to look.

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Time is not kind to buildings—even the greatest ones like Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, England’s Roman Baths, and Greece’s Parthenon. But now we get a view into what experts believed seven marvelous structures once looked like thanks to the work of .

Also, check out these GIFs that restore the outsides of famous buildings to their former glory.

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NOW: Parthenon, Greece
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The 40-foot-tall golden statue of Athena required a grand home atop the Athenian Acropolis. The Parthenon fit the bill when it was built in the mid-5th Century B.C., with a basin of water in front of the statue to help provide humidity for preservation of the ivory and gold statue.

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THEN: Parthenon, Greece
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In its former glory, the interior view of the Parthenon was likely of more splendor than the exterior view.

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NOW: Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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With roughly 30 years of construction time needed to create possibly the world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is more than just a mass of stone.

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THEN: Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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The structure once included towers, differing levels of courtyards, and stairways aplenty.

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NOW: Roman Baths, Bath, England
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The geothermal “Sacred Spring” inspired the construction of Roman baths in Bath, England, around 70 A.D.

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THEN: Roman Baths, Bath, England
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What is now an open-air ruin was once a covered structure with a 147-foot-tall barrel-vaulted roof.

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NOW: Domus Aurea Octagonal Court, Italy
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The Golden House of Nero offered quite the setting for the Emperor’s lavish lifestyle when built in Rome around 65 AD.

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THEN: Domus Aurea Octagonal Court, Italy
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The house was punctuated by an octagonal domed room, which historians believe was likely adorned in glass mosaics and gem-encrusted walls, with ivory and mother-of-pearl for even more luxurious living

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NOW: Basilica of Maxentius, Italy
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A combination of Corinthian columns, marbled floors, bronze tiles, and ornate designs define the roughly 70,000-square-foot Basilica of Maxentius in Rome, Italy. The opulence of what was really a mixture of commercial and administrative space can’t be understated.

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THEN: Basilica of Maxentius, Italy
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Housed in the heart of Rome, the basilica served a public function in the most spectacular way.

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NOW: Great Kiva Aztec Ruins National Monument, United States
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With over 450 rooms stretched across 27 acres, the ruins that make up the Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico were first discovered in 1859.

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THEN: Great Kiva Aztec Ruins National Monument, United States
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Kivas, round structures built for socialization and feasting, were built partially underground. The reconstruction on the site opens the door into this culture.

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NOW: Lower Terrace of Herod's Palace, Masada, Israel
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Atop a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea, King Herod’s personal palace features three terraces. It was built between 37 and 31 B.C.

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THEN: Lower Terrace of Herod's Palace, Masada, Israel
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The lower terrace, designed for entertainment and relaxation, features frescos of multi-covered geometric patterns.

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