Some cities don’t last forever. Disasters and human activity can tear them down, and there are lots of cases like this. However, after hundreds of years some of these lost cities are found entirely submerged somewhere in the ocean. In this post we are going to see some of examples of it.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C, this city was flooded due to earthquakes and tsunamis. The ruins of this city include the Cleopatra Palace that was lost for more than 1600 years.
Thonis – Heracleion, Egypt
This ancient Egyptian city was founded 800 years B.C. and discovered in 2000 by researchers. Before the construction of Alexandria, here it was the main port of Egypt. It was submerged in the 8th century A.D. also as a result of earthquakes and tsunamis.
These incredible structures were discovered by local divers in 1986. Today, it is believed that the site was a 5,000 years old city, which sank due to an earthquake two millenniums ago. There was a castle, 5 temples, a triumphal arch, a stadium, a pyramid, and a complex system of water channels.
Port Royal, Jamaica
Inaugurated in 1518, this city was known as the “wickedest city on Earth”. It was a pirate base city, with lots of prostitution and drunken people. It was destroyed by fire and an earthquake. The buildings that survived were sunken by a tsunami in 1692. This incident was considered a punishment for the town.
Destroyed by Muslim looters in the 8th century A.D., the city was completely abandoned by a malaria outbreak 700 years later. Today, its buildings are submerged due to volcanic activities. It was a popular resort for rich people in the last decades of the Roman Empire with a casino and a giant pool.
Some buildings of this 5,000 years old city was discovered in 1967 by Nicholas Flemming and one year later, with the help of the Cambridge university archeologists, he discover the entire city wih roads, buildings and tombs.
Shi Cheng, China
Built in the first century A.D., this city was flooded in 1959 because of the creation of an artificial lake for a dam in the river Xin. It has been a cultural, economic and political center, and today is submerged 27 meters deep.
Lion City of Qiandao Lake, China
This city has this name because of the five Lion Mountains showing up behind it. Founded about 1300 years ago this city is located about 131 feet inside the Qiandao Lake, an area that was intentionally flooded in the 1950s to create a dam.