Top 5 Mysterious Cities Found Under The Sea
You may not see it but the vast ocean floors of Earth are home to a big, strange world, not so different from the one that we see above the sea level. A millennium ago and before, whole cities were swallowed by the seas and destroyed by the earthquakes, disappearing for good. Now they are only archeological sites and tourist attractions for those who are willing to go deep enough to enjoy the sight.
1. The ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion
One of those mysterious cities and the latest discovered is the ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion, disappeared 1,200 years ago. Today, you can see its ruins 2 miles off the coast in Abu Qir Bay, near Alexandria. This underwater city was founded 8th century BC, serving as the port for all the ships coming to Egypt. It sank around 6th or 7th century AD, probably because of the earthquakes and floods.
2. Lost city of Alexandria
Near this flooded city, there is the long lost city of Alexandria of ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra (we don’t think of the modern-day Alexandria). Almost two decades ago, a team of marine archaeologists stumbled upon its ruins off the shores of the modern Alexandria. They unearthed 1,600 years old ruins for which all the historians though they were lost. Lots of important monuments were discovered: columns, sphinxes, statues and temples… Deep in the sea, there are even foundations of a palace that probably belonged to Cleopatra.
Greece is one more of such cities, disappeared due to a whim of the nature, but found thanks to the scientific and technological advancement. It’s even older than Heracleion, dating from around 5,000 years BC, which makes it the oldest underwater archaeological site in the world. This grand city was discovered in 1967 by the explorers from Cambridge, found off the coast of southern Laconia in Peloponnese.
4. Lost city of Lord Krishna
India’s Gulf of Cambay revealed another mystery – geometric ruins which could be the lost city of Lord Krishna. The people of India have no doubts that this is true, and the city of Dwarka is a Hindu pilgrimage site of the greatest importance. The lost city of Krishna is claimed to be built on the banks of the Gomati River, before disappearing under the water. However, historians think that it is all a myth.
There are some underwater structures that may not be man-made. Aforementioned cities don’t belong to this group. They were obviously built by the men, while Pavlopetri even have a complete city plan – streets, tombs and buildings.
Yonaguni underwater pyramids off the coast of Japan are such questionable sites that may have been made by nature’s forces only. However, their shape and terraces extremely remind on a pyramid, and given that they probably spent thousands of years in the sea, they may be man-made monuments. It’s hard to explain their creation in any other way. These massive structures, rising 250 feet from the sea floor, could easily date from the last ice age, 10,000 BC.