The Ruins of Old Nor. Nor was once a successful and large city. No one knows what happened to cause its citizens to abandon it. Centuries later, a small village was built farther south and named after the mysterious city.
Vijayanagara translates as "City of Victory," and was the prosperous capital of the largest and most powerful kingdom of its time in all of India. The city thrived at the heart of the Hindu world until it was sacked and razed by an invading Muslim army in 1565. It has not been occupied since. The ruins are listed as a World Heritage Site.