Mysterious Underwater Cities You Never Heard Before
Some of you might be heard of the legend of Atlantis, the great city underwater. Unlike this fictional island, there are real-life lost cities discovered under the deep blue ocean. Here are the lost underwater cities of the ancient world that were once hidden under the deep blue sea but now have been explored and discovered by humans.
1. Shicheng, China
The underwater city in Shicheng has believed to belong to the Ming and Qing dynasties that ruled from 1368. Today, the city sits beneath 40 meters covering the city walls, statues, and gates with water.
2. Pre-Incan Ruins in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Lake Titicaca sits at the bottom of the lake among the temples, terraces, roads for around 1,500 years old pre-dating the Incas. According to Incas lore, the city was a deposit bank for stolen gold and treasures by the Spanish Kings but unfortunately, the treasure has never been found.
Around 200 divers from Akakor Geographical Exploring went down the deep sea and discovered several artifacts such as vessels, stone statues, bones, and gold fragments.
3. Port Royal, Jamaica
This underwater city was well known as the most sinful and wicked city in the world. Before the city sank into the sea, it was a place for pirate activities, booze, prostitution, and night parties.
A massive 7.5 earthquake shook the island of Jamaica in June 1692 which made the city sank under the sea killing over 2,000 men, women, and children. People believed that the city sank because of the retribution for all the sins.
4. The Pyramids of Yonaguni-Jima, Japan
The Yonaguni Monument lies underwater off the coast of Japan. Until this day, experts still argue about whether the Yonaguni Monument is man-made or just a natural occurrence.
By looking at the triangular shapes and terraced stones, experts find it hard to believe that this monument occurs naturally. However, the Yonaguni monument attracts scuba-divers for the beauty of the underwater monument.
4. Atlit-Yam, Israel
Neolithic settlements were once located along the Carmel coast which is called the Atlit-Yam. It was built 7,550 and 8,000 years ago but was destroyed when a tsunami caused by a volcanic eruption and swept away the city. The foundations of houses, well and roads still remain underwater.
There is a devotional place that was believed to be the worship of the water spirit. People died from tuberculosis, which is a deadly disease that swept the ancient civilization.
5. Baiae, Italy
An ancient Roman city was found undersea that looks like a vacation home of the rich. The city had some hot springs and because of the source of water, it was a popular place among the rich people.
When the water came to wash away the city, a lot of monuments were ruined including the Pisonian villa which Emperor Nero seized in the first century BC. Later years, the monument was found lying under the deep blue sea.