Plato’s lost city of Atlantis has captured literary imaginations for centuries. An entire urban centre lost beneath the waves and waiting to be rediscovered seemed like a fantastical phenomenon. But maritime archaeological expeditions of the last century and the current have revealed that it is not an impossibility; water bodies have swallowed up entire cities.
From the Shore Temple of India to the eerie bronze figures lining the floor of the Bay of Naples, the vast waters of this planet are littered with the salt-encrusted remnants of ancient civilisations. Each submerged ruin we stumble across is a reminder that as powerful as our cities and kingdoms may be, they don’t hold a candle to the fierce, merciless power of the sea.
1. Lion City of Quiandao Lake, China
Photo Credit: European/CEN via Daily Mail
Deep below the calm surface of Qiandao Lake in the Zhejiang Province of China lie the mysterious ruins of the so-called Lion City.
It is believed this city was once Shi Cheng that was built during the Tang Dynasty in 621 AD, making it nearly 1,400 years old. In 1959, the Chinese government decided a new hydroelectric power station was required - so built a man-made lake.
Erecting a dam, the historical metropolis was slowly filled with water until it was completely submerged by the turquoise-blue mass now referred to as Qiandao Lake.
Depending on where on the lake bottom it is, the city is between 85 and 131 feet underwater.
And it lay forgotten for 53 years.
Source: Daily Mail
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