We’ve all heard of Atlantis, the once great city submerged under water to be desolate and abandoned. Around the world there are legends and myths of underwater civilizations. Since the discovery of several of those legends, which turned myth into fact, archaeologists have started looking for more.
Lion City, Shi Cheng, China
This city is considered one of the most amazing underwater cities in the world. It was built around 25 CE and is the size of about 60 football fields.
The city was intentionally flooded with a man-made lake to create a dam in the 1950’s.
It is one of China’s most popular tourist attractions because of it’s ornate designs and preserved treasures.
Villa Epecuen, Argentina
This city was submerged for only 25 years due to flooding. Then with a drought 25 years later, the city was revealed again. This area was once a booming tourist area, but residents were forced to leave due to flooding. One citizen remained, living in his house on the outskirts of the flooded city. He is the only one to this day that lives there and he welcomes visitors to his sunken town.
Cleopatra’s Palace Thonis-Heracleion, Egypt
(photo by: Christoph Gerigk)
Just off the shore of Alexandria is what is thought to be Cleopatra’s Palace. The city was washed into the sea from an earthquake over 1,500 years ago.
They have found amazing artifacts and temples under the sea. They’ve even brought some of the large statues over 16 feet tall to the surface to study. They’ve also found over 140 smaller statues.
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The Temple Under Lake Titicaca, Peru
Lake Titicaca is between Bolivia and Peru. It is the largest lake in South America. A temple was discovered under the water in this lake. One that is though to be 1,000 to 1,500 years old. They also found a terrace for crops, a wall and underwater roads.
Researchers believe this temple is pre-incan. They have been attributed to the indigenous Tiwanaku or Tiahuanaco people.
The temple measure about two football fields.
Port Royal, Jamaica
This city was labeled one of the most wicked and sinful cities in the world. Overtaken by pirates, prostitutes and booze.
In 1692 this city was tossed into the sea by a massive earthquake along with the people that lived in the city. Superstitious people believe it was payment for all the evil that happened in the city. Others just believe it’s mother nature taking it’s course .
The Pyramid of Yonaguni, Japan
This pyramid was found underwater and rises a massive 250 feet from the floor. It is thought that an earthquake caused this city to be submerged.
There has been a lot of controversy over this structure, some claiming it is from natural causes, while others state that there is no way this recognizable pyramid was not man-made.
The Submerged Temples of Mahabalipuram, India
Legend had it that there were originally seven temples, six of which have been submerged. In 2002, this myth proved to be truth. Ruins of temples were found offshore featuring masonry stones, walls and platforms.
City of Lord Krishna, Dwarka, India
This underwater city in India is considered a sacred place for those in the Hindu religion. This city was thought to be only a myth until it was discovered not very long ago.
The myth tells that that Lord Krishna had a magnificent city made of gold, silver and other metals. When Lord Krishna died, the city sunk. While that idea is probably not what happened, the finding of the city itself is quite a discovery.