Underwater cities are spookily beautiful. From fairy tales of mermaid villages to speculation about the lost city of Atlantis, there’s just something intriguing about the idea of lost civilizations hiding beneath the sea. For centuries, our imaginations have been captured by the possibilities of sunken treasures and forgotten cities along the ocean floor. That’s why we decided to put together a collection of some of the coolest photos ever taken of underwater cities and ruins.
Not only will you see fascinating photos of sunken cities, you’ll get a peek at some of the most gorgeous, well-preserved artifacts that rest beneath the waves. Thanks to modern technology, these days even us landlubbers are able to get a peak at some of the world’s most astounding underwater artifacts and we never have to wear scuba gear to see them. So if you’ve ever wondered about exploring Cleopatra's Sunken Palace or seeing Port Royal long after it was hang-out for pirates between treasure raids, come on in, the water is just fine.This list of photos shows the most astonishing cities and locations that were hidden for centuries, a few of which are believed to contain evidence of some of the most ancient civilizations on Earth. So explore once-thriving ancient cities that ended up in the briny deep with this collection of gorgeous statues, elaborate temples, and underwater cities. Vote up your favorite pictures of sunken cities swept beneath the surface.
The Ruins of Pavloperti, Greece Reveal a Complex Ancient Civilization
The city, which is believed by archaeologists to be around 5,000 years old, is still remarkably well preserved and contains around nine acres of ancient houses, gardens, temples, and even evidence of an ancient yet complex plumbing system.
Dwarka May Have Been Among the World's First Known Civilizations
Scientific study of the ruins of Darkwa suggest it may be among the most ancient site discoveries of our time. Carbon dating wood dredged from the site pegs the city at around 9,000 years old, suggesting it may predate any previously known civilization.Source
Lion City Recaptures China's Imagination in 2011
Interest in the underwater city of Shi Cheng was once again piqued in 2001 when Chinese National Geography published an article full of pictures and hypothetical illustrations of what the city might have looked like.Source
Dolphins Visit the Ancient Indian City of Dwarka
For centuries, the ancient Indian city of Dwarka was believed to be merely a mythic city of built by the Hindu god Krishna, a fabled place of 70,000 lavish palaces. Dwarka turned out to be real, however: divers discovered ruins of the city hidden deep beneath the Arabian Sea in 2000.Source