The idea of "lost treasure" - that lost box full of money, gold and precious antique objects, has fascinated and captivated humanity for hundreds of thousands of years and is expressed in many works of art, books, and films. The dream of finding such a treasure has been common to many people throughout history, causing tens of thousands of them to embark on bold journeys of exploration, some of them even ending in death.
If you are also fascinated by this idea, we’ve gathered for you the stories of eight lost treasures that many believe really exist and are hidden somewhere in the world. Think you could find them? Take a look!
This amazing mystery has not yet been solved by anyone, even though its creator is still alive and can, it seems, provide the answer to it at any moment he chooses. The story goes like this: In 1988, Forest Fenn - a former fighter pilot and collector of art and antiques in the present - was diagnosed with kidney cancer and believed that his days were numbered. To commemorate his adventurous legacy, Fenn bought a small chest and filled it with all the good fortune he had accumulated: golden eggs, rare coins, gems, and other items worth about $1-3 million.
The box was planned to be buried in a secret location shortly before his death, but he recovered from the disease. However, in 2010, he buried the chest in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, with hints of its location scattered in the autobiography he wrote and published. Since then, lovers of thrills and adventures have been looking for the treasure in the area but with no success; four have already lost their lives embarking on the journey. Fenn himself is now 88 and claims that the chest is still buried somewhere in the mountains, where he buried it eight years ago.
In 1820, Captain William Thompson was a law-abiding citizen and commandant of the "Mary Dear", when the Spanish authorities, which then ruled Peru in South America, asked him to ship a large treasure trove of jewelry, candlesticks and gold statues - valued at $208 million From Lima to Mexico. It seems that this great fortune caused captain and crew to change hearts, and they decided to make a "career change" to pirates. First, they murdered the Spanish guards who boarded their ship and then sailed with the treasure for Cocos Island, located near Costa Rica.
The story of the Amber Room proves that not only the contents of a room can be looted and removed, but also the room itself. The Amber Room was a gift given by Prussian Emperor Frederick Wilhelm I to his Russian counterpart, Czar Piotr the Great, as a sign of alliance between the two countries. The magnificent room, 55 square meters of amber slabs with a total weight of over 6 tons, was installed in the Ekaterina Palace, which served as the tsar's summer home.
Stories and legends about mythological golden cities in the South American region are known throughout the world since ancient times, since the Spanish conquered the continent from the indigenous tribes - the Incas, Maya and more - and looted gold and other precious metals. Although El Dorado is the best-known name of such a city, if you are an adventure enthusiast, you should also know the name of the city Paititi, a lost gold city of the Inca. Records from the Vatican from the year 1600 contain testimony from one of the Spanish conquerors, Anders Lopez, telling of its existence east of the Andes.
It is not clear exactly what happened to that wealthy settlement, with some claiming that Vatican officials have hidden it for reasons of their own, nevertheless, Paititi has become an interest of a plethora of researchers, historians and adventure enthusiasts all eager to discover its treasure. Over the last century, dozens of search groups been sent to the Peruvian and Bolivian rainforests, around where the city is believed to be located, but no clear answer has yet been found.
Dutch Schultz was an American Jew, one of the leaders of organized crime in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, who made his fortune from the illegal smuggling of alcohol during the prohibition in the United States, as well as from various games of luck. In 1935 Schultz was shot by members of a rival gang and rushed to the hospital. While on his deathbed, Schultz mumbled to the doctors treating him and told them about a treasure: a sealed safe box containing some $7 million in cash and bonds, that he and his assistant - Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz, who was also shot that day - buried shortly before the shooting incident, in the Catskill Mountains in northern New York.
More than 1,950 years ago the Romans destroyed and looted the Jewish people’s Second Temple, taking with them their precious 7-branched golden Menorah. This magnificent 7-branched lamp was placed in the Temple after the Hasmoneans purified it and was covered in gold and silver. The later and most detailed documentation appears as a relief inscription on the famous Arch of Titus, now in Rome, where it seems to be paraded by the Roman soldiers in their triumphal procession back home.