Have you seen or heard about the movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire?” If not, it was Disney’s first sci-fi movie which was released in 2001 and focuses on fictional kingdom of Atlantis which was drowned and lost underwater due to a massive tidal wave cause by a distinct explosion. Although Atlantis is a fictional island which was mentioned in Plato’s literary works and no concrete remains related to such kingdom have been found in reality, there are various underwater cities which are worth exploring if you like to dive deeper.
The first one is the ruins of Baia, an ancient Roman town which submerged underwater along with city Pompeii due to nearby volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It’s under the surface of Gulf of Naples, has lots of statues intact and is open for divers’ exploration. Where Pompeii was considered as one of the wealthiest parts of Italy, Baia was well known as a playground and resort city for Roman elites like Julius Caesar. Though the exact time when Baia submerged underwater is unknown, it is believed that the city started sinking around third century and half of Baiae was submerged by fourth century AD.
The second interesting place is in China, named Shicheng, which was deliberately flooded for construction of Xin’an Dam in year 1959. Many of Schicheng’s structures are well preserved, date back to 16th century and have been a source of attraction during submarine expeditions.
Another interesting place to consider is the ancient city of Olous, Greece which is submerged under Aegean Sea and remains of this city can be seen from the shores of Crete. Theories suggest that it might have either crumbled down due to volcanic eruption on Santorini or submerged automatically due to rising sea levels. Be it any reason, but it’s suggested that this might date back to anywhere between 3000 to 900 BC.
Simena in Turkey which might date back to about 2000 BC is another sunken city whose remains can be seen from the coast of Antalya. The rocky remains are clearly visible under water surface and look similar to a submerged swimming pool during an Aerial view. Though diving is banned around the area to protect the ruins, tour boats are allowed to pass by slowly.