Ancient Nan Madol:- Micronesia (Video Included)

Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei that was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about AD 1500. It is in the present day Madolenihmw district of Pohnpei state, in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean.

The city consists of a series of small artificial islands linked by a network of canals. The site core with its stone walls encloses an area approximately 1.5 km long by 0.5 km wide and it contains nearly 100 artificial islets—stone and coral fill platforms—bordered by tidal canals. The name Nan Madol means “spaces between” and is a reference to the canals that crisscross the ruins. The original name was Soun Nan-leng (Reef of Heaven), according to Gene Ashby in his book ‘Pohnpei, An Island Argosy.’ It is often called the “Venice of the Pacific”.


Ruins of Nan Mandol by ctsnow via Wikipedia

 Today Nan Madol forms an archaeological district covering more than 18 km² and includes the stone architecture built up on a coral reef flat along the shore of Temwen Island, several other artificial islets, and the adjacent Pohnpei main island coastline. Carbon dating indicates that the construction of Nan Madol began around AD 1200, while excavations show that the area may have been occupied as early as 200 BC.


Ruins of Nan Mandol by ctsnow via Wikipedia

Some probable quarry sites around the island have been identified, but the exact origin of the stones of Nan Madol is yet undetermined.
In 1985 the ruins of Nan Madol were declared a National Historical Landmark. Currently, a greater effort is being made to preserve them.
Learn more from Wikipedia.

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13 Responses to Ancient Nan Madol:- Micronesia (Video Included)

  1. Rebekah says:

    Totally fascinating! I had no idea of this…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Rebekah,
      It is fascinating, a lot of these Ancient City’s always have a lot of Mystery to them, and unfortunately some never gets solved, but it adds something to them I think.

  2. malc50 says:

    Certainly fascinating and fantastic, Mags. I’d never before come across this. Thanks for furthering my education. Cheers.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      We never stop learning, there is just so much in the world. I also had a learning session while doing the post, I didn’t realize there was so much to this Ancient City, all the tiny little man made Islands, all with a structure built on them, it would be great to go wondering around this place. 🙂

  3. starzyia says:

    I might be a bit obsessed, but I’m imagining photographing my jewellery there! Silly me, I should just hope to take lovely images of this fascinating place.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Starry,
      Again welcome to WordPress.
      It would certainly be a great place for photography, jewelry hanging on ancient stones, you may have something there. 🙂

  4. Red Nomad OZ says:

    One day I’ll make it to Micronesia – there’s a lot of stuff there even weirder than OZ!!!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Red Nomad OZ,
      It really is a fascinating place, and a lot of different things to see, especially as far as history goes. Oh yes it’s weirder than OZ. 🙂

  5. dearrosie says:

    I’ve never heard of Nan Madol. so interesting that they still don’t know where the stones come from! I’d love to go there – it seems like a very spiritual place.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      It is a totally different way of building that they used in this ancient city, the way they layered the stones, I have never before seen stones the shape of logs like these it really is a wonder. I agree it would be great to go there, and yes it does seem spiritual in a way.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    if you’ll notice the hexigonal stone formations of basalt are the same as the road of giants found off the coast of ireland. {generaly known as the giants cause way}. Further the referance to the magician brothers being of a different race is interesting. The only socities the were still capible of megalithic construction were located in the americas, Monchu pichu is the last known such type construction performed by the incans when they fled into the mountains to escape the conquest of the invading spanish. Which incidentaly almost co-insdes with thier down fall as a civilization…interesting.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Anon,
      Thank You for taking the time to comment.
      Interesting reference to the coast of Ireland, I haven’t heard about the giants cause way before and it does sound like a very interesting place, I will definitely look that one up and learn more.
      It is amazing the ancient ruins that are scattered throughout the world, the stories of past civilizations, and of course the mysteries that have yet to be solved.

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