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7 most mysterious sunken cities on Earth

Shicheng China
These places are ruins from our past, preserved perfectly by the ocean. A reminder that we’re not here for long?


7. Thonis-Heracleion, Egypt

Thonis Heacleion underwater sunken city photo
Thonis-Heracleion was the gateway to Egypt, the obligatory port of entry and customs point during the Egyptian Late Period (664 BC until 332 BC). It was a vital node in the trading network of the eastern Mediterranean through which goods flowed into and out of Egypt.

Thonis Heracleion photo
The city was found in 2000, when a french archaeologist swam deep into the Mediterranean, two miles off the Egyptian coast near the city of Alexandria.

Diver Thonis Heracleion underwater city photo

6. Cleopatra’s Lost Underwater Palace, Egypt

Cleopatras Lost underwater sphinx photo
The royal quarters of Cleopatra was discovered off the shores of Alexandria by a team of marine archaeologists led by Franck Goddio in 1998. It’s believed that an earthquake and tidal waves submerged the city more than 1,500 years ago.

Cleopatra Underwater Palace Pot photo
Astonishingly, several artifacts remained largely intact, including the ancient city’s royal quarters, temples, military barracks and outposts, and lavish private structures.

Cleopatras lost underwater palace lion photo

5. The Lion City Shicheng, China

Schiheng underwater sunken city photo
Hidden 130 feet underwater is China’s real-life atlantis – the Lion City, also known as Shi Cheng. Once the centre of politics and economics in eastern province Zhejiang, it’s temples, houses, arches and paved roads are still in incredible condition today.

Baia underwater sunken city photo
This ancient kingdom is was built during the Eastern Han Dynasty dated to roughly 25 – 200 CE.

Shicheng city underwater photo

4. The Sunken City of Baia

Baia underwater sunken city photo
The Sunken City of Baia, Italy, was a prominent Roman seaside resort, on the Naples bay. Julius Caesar spent his summers here, it was even more popular than Pompeii, Capri and Herculaneum.

Baia underwater sunken city photo
It was the Monte Carlo of ancient Rome, but now its remains are beneath the waves. It was sacked by raiders in the 8th century and deserted due to malaria by 1500. All that is left is a marble city – there’s a lot of it!
You can even go diving here.

Baia underwater city photo

More amazing sunken cities on page 2!

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