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If you’re looking for a place to vacation, or if you just need a few travel ideas, the website TheMindUnleashed.com suggests five of the most “Mind Blowing Underwater Cities” in the world.
Yes, underwater! So pack some scuba gear, your imagination and sense of adventure, and dive in.
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1. The 70,000 Palaces; Dwarka, India
The ancient city of Lord Krishna was considered a myth, but ruins discovered in 2000 are forcing experts to take a second look into the Indian tale. Lord Krishna’s city had 70,000 palaces made of precious metals such as gold and silver, but upon his death, they allegedly sank into the sea.
The ruins are 131 feet beneath the surface in the bay of modern-day Dwarka, one of the seven oldest cities in India, the website said. Experts now think the ancient city could have existed as early as 7500 BCE.
2. “Sin City”; Port Royal, Jamaica
Port Royal is like an underwater Las Vegas. It was considered “the wickedest city on earth” according to UNESCO.org. But in the 17th century a massive earthquake ruptured the city; and two-thirds of it sank into the sea. Today, it remains as a small fishing village.
The universal significance of Port Royal stems from the fact that it is distinctly different from most archaeological locations. Generally archaeological excavations represent a long period of time where buildings were constructed, renovated, added, fell into disrepair, were abandoned, collapsed and perhaps built over. In contrast, after just 37 years of existence, the bustling city of Port Royal literally sank into the harbour in a matter of minutes, remaining perfectly preserved as it was on the day of the earthquake.
You can read a historical description of the city on UNESCO’s website.
3. The Pyramids of Yonaguni; Ryukyu Islands, Japan
The Yonaguni Monument lies off the east coast of Japan, and is shaped like a massive pyramid. This underwater mystery was discovered in 1987 by divers who were observing hammerhead sharks, according to TheMindUnleashed.com.
Experts have not determined if the site is man-made or formed naturally.
4. Cleopatra’s Tomb; Alexandria, Egypt
This underwater museum, located off the coast of Egypt, is believed to be Cleopatra’s palace. The city was also destroyed by an earthquake at least 1200 years ago. Experts believe they have located Cleopatra’s tomb within the ruins.
From the Daily Mail:
Sunken city gives up its treasure: Ancient Egyptian metropolis lost for 1,200 years below Mediterranean sea set to go on display. Just as in the classical tale, Heracleion was once a prosperous, thriving city before it was engulfed by the sea around 1,500 years ago. It was grand enough to be mentioned by the Greek writer Herodotus, the 5th-century BC historian.
He told the fabulous story of Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world — she of the face that launched a thousand ships — travelling to Heracleion, then a port of ‘great wealth’, with her glamorous Trojan lover, Paris.
5. China’s Atlantis; Qiandao Lake, China
Dubbed China’s Atlantis, the Lion City — which was once Shi Cheng, the center of politics and economics in the province of Zhejiang – was founded 1,300 years ago but disappeared underwater and was forgotten.
This story was originally published August 2, 2014.