6 Enchanting Underwater Ruins in the World

Remember in History, we have learnt about lost civilisations. Civilisations were hidden underground and miraculously discovered by Archaeologists and Historians. But have you ever thought there are lost civilisations underwater too? I was amazed and astonished when I came to know about them. These underwater ruins speak immensely about lost cities, the people, their habitat, culture and interests. The more I read about them, I drift into those ancient eras when people set up their livelihood in the cities with the hope of permanent settlement. Yet fate proved to be something else. The cities were buried underwater due to either some natural phenomena or some man-made artificial errors. Excavating the underwater ruins are tough and challenging since you need expert divers to inspect the area and capture the artefacts cautiously.

Pavlopetri in Greece

Pavlopetri in Greece is one of the oldest underwater ruins. The name is not the original one, it’s essentially given after its discovery since no one is aware of it. The city was sunk almost 5000 years ago, expected to be existing approximately during 2800 BC. Dr Jon Henderson, an underwater archaeologist, received official access to the site after seeking permission from the Greek government. The ruins of buildings, streets, tombs, courtyards and graves were studied and analyzed. It is believed that Pavlopetri was once a place for flourishing trade and thriving merchandise operations. The city is said to belong to the Minoan dynasty, though there is no concrete evidence for it. It was ultimately destroyed by an earthquake.

Pavlopetri

Cleopatra’s Palace in Egypt

History says Queen Cleopatra was the last ruler of Egypt. It is believed that her royal palace was submerged more than 1600 years ago near the shores of the city of Alexandria. Franck Goddio, a French archaeologist, led the project for the excavation of the ancient city. During the study, he discovered the submerged palace. Tidal waves and earthquakes were termed as the reason for their submersion. The other artefacts discovered from the site was that of images representing Cleopatra’s father, a priest and spiritual guardians of the temples. It’s one of the fascinating underwater ruins, located exactly below the Antirhodus island in the city. Many ancient pillars and potteries were discovered at the place.

Ancient Underwater Ruins of Cleopatra: Alexandria, Egypt

Dwarka Port in India

Dwarka is a holy and divine place in India. It’s the residence and hometown of the Hindu God, Lord Krishna. He had his kingdom in Dwarka. The underwater ruins in Dwarka are one of the most exciting and thrilling discoveries by Indian archaeologists. The excavations at this place were initiated in the year 1983. The archaeologists were eager to decipher the mystery hidden underwater of the modern-day Dwarka. And truly they were successful. The city had been submerged in water almost 6 times due to the natural erosions caused by the Arabian sea. Among the several findings at the site, the key ones were the bastions, pillars, walls, stone structures, objects made of terracotta, bronze, copper and iron, pottery and most significantly seals and inscriptions belonging to 1500 BC.

Where Mythology Meets Reality: Sunken City Of Dwarka - Make Heritage Fun!

Yonaguni in Japan

Yonaguni is a group of islands in Japan, about 68 miles beyond the east coast of Taiwan. It is a well-known tourist spot especially because of its phenomenal landscape. But the key attraction of the place is its underwater ruins about 8000 to 10,000 years old. Several debates and discussions have since been undergone regarding the reason behind the submersion and the civilizations to which the ruins belonged. Some archaeologists attribute the ruins to a Continent of Mu that went missing, some argue it to be a geological process, some say the ruins belonged to the Inca civilization or the legendary Jomon civilization of Japan. Due to the rough ocean currents, it had been quite tough to study the ruins in details and hence lots of speculations on its origin.

Port Royal in Jamaica

Port Royal in Jamaica was a notorious place for hosting pirates. A massive earthquake in 1692 had submerged parts of the city along with its houses, buildings and streets. It’s one of the underwater ruins which is still accessible if you know diving. The excavations at the site started in 1981 which lead to discoveries of several organic and perishable artefacts. The artefacts were intact and well preserved underwater. The total area of the underwater ruins in Port Royal is now approximately 13 acres.

The Underwater City of Port Royal - World Heritage Site - Pictures, Info  and Travel Reports

Fuxian Lake in China

Fuxian Lake in China is one of the most alluring underwater ruins in the world. There is no firm conclusion on the lost civilisation at the lake. Based on the pyramid like structures and objects made of stones, archaeologists claim that the artefacts belong to the Dian Kingdom. The history of the Dian dynasty dates to more than 2000 years old. The site needs further research and analysis to determine its year of origin and the reason behind its submersion.

Submerged Pyramid of Fuxian Lake - Disclosure News Italia

Author

Kuntala

A travel enthusiast craving to explore the exotic destinations in the world, deciphering the mysteries and the thrill concealed in them.

Kuntala

A blogger interested in travelling and exploring new places and sharing ideas with all. Curious about the unique features of a place and its ethereal beauty.

29 thoughts on “6 Enchanting Underwater Ruins in the World

  • May 17, 2021 at 9:48 pm
    Permalink

    OMG! How magical – underwater ruins! There is much history that lies in these depths that we have yet to uncover. This was such a fun read!

    Reply
    • May 18, 2021 at 6:54 pm
      Permalink

      Thank you so much and glad you liked reading

      Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 3:21 am
    Permalink

    These are such beautiful sites! I’d want to see the one in Egypt.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 11:49 am
    Permalink

    New adventure to explore. I never really like underwater adventure but with these cool places maybe I will try it out.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    These look like some of the most beautiful places to visit! I’ll be looking into them more and possibly adding them to my travel list, so thank you!

    Reply
    • May 18, 2021 at 6:53 pm
      Permalink

      Please do so if you are interested in diving adventures

      Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm
    Permalink

    “Cleopatra’s Palace in Egypt” means everything to me. I am always fascinated by it. Cleo’s story needs to be told more!

    Reply
    • May 18, 2021 at 6:53 pm
      Permalink

      Ya I love history specially the Egyptian civilization

      Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 3:38 pm
    Permalink

    These are all so amazing. It’s been a dream of mine to go scuba diving in some of these places for a while now. I was going to get my certification, but then COVID hit. =(

    Reply
    • May 18, 2021 at 6:52 pm
      Permalink

      Oh wow is it. Thats great. Covid will be over that’s my hope and you can try again

      Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 3:39 pm
    Permalink

    It’s really amazing to know about these underwater sites. Atleast I would love to explore the one in India.

    Reply
    • May 18, 2021 at 6:52 pm
      Permalink

      You know India more such interesting ruins. I will post one soon

      Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 5:43 pm
    Permalink

    This is so fascinating! I didn’t know there were so many underwater ruins and I’m sure there’s more we haven’t discovered yet! Can you imagine being a fish in one of them and just casually swimming around an artifact from Cleopatra’s palace? So crazy!

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 5:57 pm
    Permalink

    Oh wow. This is the first time I have read about these ruins. It is just mind boggling that people were able to build such structures during that time! Sadly it can only be seen by divers. Thanks for the photos.

    Reply
    • May 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm
      Permalink

      Ya they preferred to keep them underwater for creating museums.

      Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm
    Permalink

    All captivating and so mysterious. These underwater ruins look like otherworldly kingdoms that are not really meant for ordinary mortals to discover (but the curious ones eventually did).

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm
    Permalink

    Those are really cool ruins. My husband would love to see these — he is the one in our family who looks for things that this. I will ask him if he visited the one in Jamaica. He’s been there before.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    Permalink

    Underwater ruins, WOW! We always dream about traveling to these countries to visit the on land sites, but I personally seem to overlook what the local waters might have to offer! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    Permalink

    Japan looks like such an amazing place to be able to see in-person! I can’t wait until everyone is fully vaccinated and we can all start to travel again.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm
    Permalink

    This is something right up my street! It would freak me out but in a good way! Plus the history is a bonus.

    Reply
  • May 19, 2021 at 12:31 am
    Permalink

    These sites look great! I know that there are also underwater exhibitions – one is somewhere off the shores of Granada. My problem is that I cannot go scuba diving – I can only go snorkeling since I need to have the option to lift my head and take out the mouth piece. Therefore, I enjoy your wonderful pictures even more 🙂

    Reply
  • May 19, 2021 at 12:27 pm
    Permalink

    This is mind blowing…It is like reading the childhood adventure fantasies. Thanks

    Reply
  • May 19, 2021 at 5:50 pm
    Permalink

    Definitely taking note of this post. I would love to try underwater activities and visiting such would be part of my bucket list.

    Reply
  • May 20, 2021 at 5:06 pm
    Permalink

    These are cool artifacts! I want to learn more about each one. So nice!

    Reply
  • May 21, 2021 at 1:14 am
    Permalink

    Wow! I think it would be so cool to go exploring for other things besides fish in the ocean.

    Reply
  • May 21, 2021 at 1:12 pm
    Permalink

    Those are all wonderful selection of underwater ruins to check out. I would love to go diving to those places with my husband someday when things are all better.

    Reply

Please share your valuable comments and feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: