Nature is full of surprises. You always find the unknown right when you thought that you knew almost everything around you. With our planet constantly evolving and going through a number of changes, there is no doubt that there lies innumerable secrets and also cities at the bed of large seas and oceans. For instance, we are not unknown about the legendary city of Atlantis, the lost ancient city which got submerged into the deep Atlantic Ocean. Even to this day, many lost cities have been discovered in the depth of the vast oceans. Here is a list of 5 such cities that were once thriving and got submerged suddenly due to unknown reasons by the cruel oceans.
CITY OF DWARKA, INDIA
What was once believed to be just a myth was later proved to be a reality when parts of the ancient city of Dwarka were discovered in the year 2000. According to the Hindu mythology, the city of Lord Krishna, Dwarka sank into the deep ocean on the death of lord Krishna, as he had predicted. The palace of Dwarka was made out of gold, silver and many different precious metals which makes it one of the most popular exploration sites for scuba divers. The ruins of the city can be found almost 131 feet below the ocean’s surface. Researchers have found various artefacts from the site, some that even dated back to 7500 BCE, and this rightly supports the fact that the city of Dwarka did really exist.
PORT ROYAL, JAMAICA
Port Royal was once the hub for notorious pirates, booze, prostitutes and late night parties. The city got branded as the most sinful city for a reason. But everything changed one day. In June 1692, the island of Jamaica suffered through a massive earthquake that measured 7.5 on the richter scale. The earthquake was so strong that it sucked up Port Royal into the depths of the ocean, mostly due to its weak foundation. About 2000 people died in this natural disaster. Today, the city lies almost 40 feet below the ocean surface and has become a major attraction for the archaeological explorers who wish to discover artefacts from the lost city.
PYRAMIDS OF YONAGUNI-JIMA, JAPAN
Lying in the depth of the ocean, the Pyramids of Yonaguni have been a topic of controversy for a long time now. Experts have still not been able to decide whether the monument lying in the ocean bed on the coast of Japan is a natural phenomenon or a creation of man. Although there is little evidence that supports the theory of natural occurrence, but it is also very difficult to believe that the stones would make such a triangular shape like that of a pyramid naturally. However, based on the studies made by the researchers, if the structure is believed to be man-made, it must have been built around 10,000 BCE, the last ice age. The pyramid rises from the ocean bed and has a height of 250 feet. It is one of the most loved scuba diving attractions in the world.
LION CITY, QUIANDAO LAKE, CHINA
One of the most magnificent and spectacular underwater cities of the world, Lion city is a true marvel. The city was built during the Eastern Han Dynastry, and is spread across a land as big as 62 football grounds. The city was intentionally flooded in 1950 with the purpose of creating a dam. The sculptures that once decorated the city can still be seen submerged in the water. The city is one of the most attractive scuba destinations in the county.
CLEOPATRA’S PALACE, EGYPT
Located just a little off Alexandria’s shores exists the underwater palace of Cleopatra. The palace went underwater sue to an earthquake that rocked Egypt almost 1,500 years ago. Archeologists have discovered royal chambers and the temple of Isis located just next to the palace. Additionally, they believe they have also found Cleopatra’s tomb and a museum in the destroyed ruins. 140 other artifacts have been discovered from the site, making this underwater palace one of the most luring locations for researchers and scuba divers.