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The Most Amazing Photos And Videos of Underwater Cities 

Ashley Reign
Updated February 12, 2020 655 votes 208 voters 11.3k views 13 items

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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 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.

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The Egyptian Stele That Led to the Lost Site of Thonis-Heracleion
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This amazingly intact Egyptian monument commissioned by the Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC) helped explorers identify the ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion in 2000. The city enjoyed a golden age as the only port of entry for Greek ships entering Egypt before the founding of the city of Alexandria in 331 B.C. It's believed to have sunk into the briny deep sometime in the 8th century.

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Dolphins Visit the Ancient Indian City of Dwarka
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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.

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The Sunken Playground of Emperors
The Sunken Playground of... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Amazing Photos And Videos of Underwater Cities
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As irony would have it, the underwater Italian city of Baiae was once famous for its baths and hot springs. The city was so renowned as a recreational retreat for the upper class that both Julius Caesar and the unsavory Emperor Nero both owned summer homes there.

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The Famous Pirate Cove of Port Royal Lives On Beneath the Waves
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Once visited by infamous pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, Port Royal was once a favorite hang-out and base for pirates between treasure raids on ships sailing the Spanish main. An 1692 earthquake spelled disaster for the city, causing its foundations to give way. Much of the city is preserved beneath Kingston Harbor to this day.

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