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Sunken cities of antiquity

We all know the legend of Atlantis, the legendary island described by Plato, which fired the imagination of many seekers and adventurers. Inhabited by a highly developed, science-loving and peaceful civilisation, it suddenly disappeared from the face of the Earth in unexplained circumstances. To this day it exists in the minds of explorers as a
Published: October 6, 2011 - 09:32
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 06:56
Sunken cities of antiquity

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We all know the legend of Atlantis, the legendary island described by Plato, which fired the imagination of many seekers and adventurers. Inhabited by a highly developed, science-loving and peaceful civilisation, it suddenly disappeared from the face of the Earth in unexplained circumstances. To this day it exists in the minds of explorers as a myth waiting to be confirmed or disproved.

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Gallery of amazing photos from sunken Alexandria

However, there are many places which, despite having disappeared under the surface of the oceans in ancient times, have been found, explored and today constitute the heritage of the entire modern world. We will tell you about them today.

Cleopatra’s Kingdom – Alexandria, Egypt. Lost to humanity for nearly 1600 years, it has been found off the coast of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman Franck Goddio, tore the mystery out of the sea in 1998. According to historians, the cause of the sinking was an earthquake and tidal waves. Surprisingly, some of the artefacts remained intact. Foundations of the palace, shipwrecks, columns of red granite, a statue of the goddess Isis and the Sphinx were found. The Egyptian government, plans to create an underwater museum in this place, accessible to tourists, of course under constant supervision.

The Gulf of Cambay in India. Discovered by marine researchers in early 2002. It rests at a depth of about 36m in the waters off the west coast of India. It is 8km long and 3.5km wide. The research made it possible to establish its age at 9500 years. What’s more, the amazing architectural and human remains, are almost in perfect condition. The discovery left scientists astonished, as other objects found nearby were at most 5,000 years old. They had to revise their view on the history of this civilisation, which they thought was much shorter. It is believed that the cause of the sinking was the melting of the ice caps, during the last ice age.

Yonaguni-Jima, Japan. Ruins located on the east coast of Taiwan, near the Yonaguni Islands. They were discovered by accident by a recreational diver in 1995. The age of the findings was estimated at 8000 years, but it is still unknown what they actually represent. The most interesting structures found there are a large pyramid, perfectly designed arches, reminiscent of Incan buildings, staircases, corridors and carved stones.

Source: Wikipedia

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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