An image from the movie the Lost City of Z

Deciphering the Mysteries of the Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z, according to legends, was established by the offspring of Atlantis in the ancient past. Here is more about this mythical city.


From the abyss of the unknown emerges the legend of the Lost City of Z, a fabled city whose mystique rivals that of Atlantis. Despite its elusive existence and the countless endeavors to uncover its location, its reality remains obscured in the thicket of time.

Mysteries of the Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z, one of humanity’s most enigmatic mysteries, has tantalized explorers for ages. Not a single shred of evidence validating its existence has emerged, despite numerous expeditions to locate it. Among the prominent figures who ventured into the wild in search of this city was Percy Harrison Fawcett, an explorer renowned for his efforts to unearth this supposed remnant of a bygone era, hidden deep within the Amazon.


The Lost City of Z, according to legends, was established by the offspring of Atlantis in the ancient past. This title was bestowed by the tireless explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett. The lost city is speculated to be nestled somewhere within Brazil’s Mato Grosso state’s jungle, a theory fueled by Fawcett’s conviction that a once advanced civilization left its remnants here.

Fawcett’s Mysterious Fate

During his quest for the city, Fawcett embarked on eight expeditions, each ending in failure. His final journey marked his eerie disappearance, shrouding his tale in an aura of mystery.

The quest for the city was ignited by Fawcett’s encounter with an ancient document, Manuscript 512, securely tucked away in Brazil’s National Library. The manuscript allegedly provides an elaborate description of the city.

An Ancient Account of a Lost City

Authored by Portuguese Bandeirantes, João da Silva Guimarães, Manuscript 512 describes a city adorned with arches, statues, and hieroglyph-covered temples. Despite his detailed account, Guimarães withheld the city’s location.


Fawcett’s determination was partly driven by the rediscovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 and rumors of an ancient city buried under the Chilean jungles, reputedly lined with silver streets and golden roofs.

Fawcett’s Vision of the Lost City

In a letter to his son, Fawcett articulated his vision of the City of Z, imagining a monolithic city with an alphabet similar to ancient European and Asian scripts, and rumors of a peculiar light source that frightened local tribes.

Fawcett’s initial expedition for the Lost City of Z began in 1921. His quest, perpetuated by numerous searches, culminated in his enigmatic disappearance, around which various myths and tales have arisen.

The Last Voyage of Fawcett

Fawcett embarked on his final expedition in the spring of 1925, financed by organizations such as the Royal Geographic Society and the Rockefellers. Fawcett never returned despite his firm belief that he would uncover the city.

Fawcett’s convictions stemmed from stories of hidden cities relayed to him by local tribes. He maintained his certainty even in his last letter, dispatched nine days before his mysterious disappearance.


The Fate of Fawcett

Subsequent expeditions to uncover Fawcett’s fate met the same end as his. His disappearance sparked 13 failed expeditions, resulting in the loss of over a hundred lives. Many speculate that an Amazonian tribe killed Fawcett and his crew. Others hypothesize that they fell prey to starvation, disease, or drowning or were robbed and murdered by local bandits.

Despite the absence of tangible evidence, the legend of the Lost City of Z lives on. It continues to captivate explorers and historians, inspiring books and even a movie, a testament to the enduring allure of the world’s lost cities.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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