From the ancient Greek city of Pavlopetri, to the most amazing underwater museum, these are 10 DEEP SEA CITIES !
India’s Underwater City -- Geometric ruins were found off the coast of Dwarka, one of India’s oldest cities, in 2001. Located 120 feet underwater in the Gulf of Cambay, the Underwater City was investigated by marine archaeologists and determined to be man-made. When items like pottery, sculpture and human remains were carbon dated, they were determined to be some 9,500 years old. Because that time frame corresponds to the end of the Ice Age some 10,000 years ago. It’s possible the city was submerged by rising sea levels caused by the ice caps melting. If this underwater city really is as old as it seems, it would predate the earliest known cities in Mesopotamia by as much as 5,000 years!
An Underwater Pompeii -- Remains of an ancient settlement were discovered off the small island of Delos (dee-los), in the Aegean Sea. Located just 6 feet deep off the island’s northeastern coast, archaeologists have found fallen colonnades and walls, along with a ruined pottery workshop and 16 terracotta pots embedded in the sea floor. Large boulders aligned in front of the workshop seem to have formed a waterfront to protect the area. The ruins were once thought to be the remnants of port facilities … but now experts believe the structures are the remains of an unidentified settlement that was likely involved with crafting and commercial enterprises. How and when it collapsed is still being investigated. And if you’re wondering about the nickname … similar workshops have been found in Pompeii, so the Greek media dubbed the site, ‘a small underwater Pompeii’.
Baiae (bye-eh) -- This lost Roman city was arotea real Sin City … In ancient times it was known as a hedonistic playground for the super-rich and famous … Julius Caesar even kept a permanent vacation home there. The city was sacked by Saracens in the 8th century, and it was eventually abandoned around 1500. Local volcanic activity led to rising waters, and the city eventually collapsed into the Bay of Naples. Today, Baiae (bye-eh) constitutes an archaeological dive site where visitors can experience the ruins from a boat tour or by scuba diving. The site includes bath complexes, statues of Odysseus, and a villa once owned by Nero. Have you noticed how these wicked cities often seem to end up underwater … why do you think that is?
Undersea Museum -- Is it a scene from downtown Atlantis? No … unlike Atlantis, this place really does exist. Located off the coast of Lanzarote (lanzer-it), one of the Canary Islands, the Atlantic Museum will be Europe’s first completely underwater sculpture museum. 400 sculptures will be placed 39 feet below the surface, and visitors will be able to view the sculptures by scuba diving or from glass-bottomed boats. The ethereal figures are in human form and are modeled after the Guanches (g’wanches) … they were the indigenous cave-dwelling people who inhabited the Canary Islands prior to the Spanish conquest. The lifelike structures are designed to attract plant and marine wildlife, and are constructed from high-density pH neutral concrete that won’t alter the marine ecosystem. Some of the pieces depict scenes from everyday life, such as people simply walking along or taking selfies, while other works reference current affairs, such as the influx of refugees to Europe. The museum plans to open to the public by late February of 2017 … will you take the plunge?
China’s Atlantis -- Lion City in China has structures that were built over 1,300 years ago … but it’s been 130 feet underwater since 1959. Incredibly, almost every structure in the city remains completely intact. Even wooden beams and stairs are well preserved … That's because the city has been protected from the effects of rain, wind and sun. It was once called Shi Cheng (chee cheng), and was a hub of economics and politics in Zhejiang (jor-gee-yong), an eastern province of China. But it paid the price of progress. In 1959, the Chinese government decided to build a new hydroelectric power station. As a dam was constructed, the ancient city was purposely flooded, and eventually submerged within a manmade lake … today, the city is nowhere to be seen. Amazingly, the Lion City became a forgotten city. But this real-life Atlantis is getting another chance. There are plans to turn the location into a tourist attraction and a destination for diving clubs.
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