13 Submerged Underwater Places and the Story Behind Their Sinking (Some Reappeared)

The world is full of secrets jealously guarded in some remote point of geography. Water, the vital liquid of the Earth, hides things under its currents. And as if it were the  legend of Atlantis, it is possible that a lake located in the middle of the mountains or a portion of the sea near a coast has sunk a town that in the past was on the mainland and sheltered hundreds of people. .

1. Pavlopetri

Beneath the coast of Laconia, in southern Greece, lies what is considered one of the oldest submerged cities in the world. Its first discovery was made in 1967 by Nic Flemming, and in 2009, archaeologists from the University of Nottingham visited part of the territory. The archaeological pieces found at the site are believed to date from the Bronze Age, that is, from 3000 BC. C until 1100 BC. The reason for its collapse is still unknown, but thanks to  technology , it was possible to obtain a virtual X-ray of the possible Pavlopetri structure.

2. Curon Venosta

In the mid-20th century, it was thought that this town in the province of Bolzano, Italy, would not be affected by the creation of an artificial lake. However, a new decree that expanded the size of the project forced its inhabitants to  move from there. Today,  Lake Resia has sunk almost everything that was the old Curon Venosta, except for the bell tower of a church that looks out over the water and that can be admired up close in winter by tourists and nearby inhabitants, when the lake freezes over.

3. Fabbriche di Careggine

Located in Italian Tuscany, this city emerged in the 18th century and remained visible until the 1940s, when a nearby hydroelectric dam was built that sank it. Due to the maintenance of the dam, the  now called Lake Vagli was drained four times. The last time occurred in 1994 and exposed the existing structure of the city. According to Lorenza Giorgi, daughter of the former mayor of Vagli di Sotto, Ilio Domenico Giorgi, the dam will be drained again in 2021 and Fabbriche will see the light again.

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