Little Known Submerged Cities Of The World

By Antonia Čirjak on August 2 2020 in World Facts

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  • Shicheng in China is an impressive ruin found beneath Lake Qiandao.
  • Kalyazin in Russia has the belfry of its cathedral sticks out from the water. The city is submerged and the water above it often gets turned into ice because of the low temperatures.
  • In Spain, there is Sant Roma de Sau in the Osona region of Catalonia, a submerged village.

We’ve all heard legends of underwater cities, and the first one that falls to mind is probably the legendary Atlantis. People all over the world have heard legends of this city, and are intrigued by the mysteries surrounding it. We are still trying to find proof if it ever existed, but that does not stop us from creating insanely fantastic stories and myths about it.

There is just something magical about a city that flourishes underwater. Still, the reality is just a little bit less interesting, and there are several cities that ended up underwater for a variety of reasons. Naturally, most of them ended up there due to flooding, but their ruins are still preserved and remain breathtaking for anyone who gazes upon them. In this article, we will talk about some of the more interesting ones.

Submerged Cities Filled With Wonders

Shicheng in China is the first one we will mention, and it is an impressive ruin found beneath Lake Qiandao. There are actually ruins of several towns beneath this lake, and they were all submerged in the year 1957 when a hydroelectric power plant was built in the area. Nowadays the place is known as a gorgeous tourist destination, and there are mountain peaks peeking out from the surface of the lake resembling islands. However, what is truly interesting is the city of Shicheng, with its gorgeous architecture and statues of various mythological creatures. It is also known as the Lion city.

Flooded Belfry of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Kalyazin. Image credit: Crazy Nook/Shutterstock.com

Kalyazin in Russia is another wonderful example, and what is interesting about this city is that the belfry of its cathedral sticks out from the water. The old part of this city is submerged and the water above it often gets turned into ice because of the low temperatures. This creates a gorgeous scenery, with an icy lake that has a belfry of an old cathedral sticking out of it. It almost seems like something out of a fairy tale. The city used to be quite important for Russia, but lost significance after World War I, and its population was slowly moved elsewhere before the city got submerged.

The Pirate’s Gathering Spot

Medieval church of Sant Roma de Sau emerged from the Sau reservoir during a period of drought in Catalonia. Image credit: Santi Rodriguez/Shutterstock.com

In Spain, there is Sant Roma de Sau, another submerged city in the Osona region of Catalonia. This was actually a small village that got completely covered by water. The village consisted of several houses, a church, and a small bridge. Everything ended up underwater, but the bell tower of the church can sometimes be seen sticking out of the surface. Interestingly, during periods of droughts the entire village can be visited.

Also, in Spain, we have Mediano, a village in the region of Huesca that was flooded once a reservoir was built near it. There are several buildings that can be seen peeking above the surface of the water. The village was submerged in 1969, and what is especially weird about this was the fact that the inhabitants of Mediano weren’t warned. They had to run from their homes once the reservoir was opened and the flood began.

Finishing off the article is Port Royal in Jamaica, which is a port in one of the oldest regions in the country. It is an important port for Jamaican culture, but parts of it are submerged beneath the sea. You may have heard about this port if you have ever read a pirate story because it was well known to be a favorite gathering spot for pirates. The city was submerged by a tsunami in 1692, and the parts that are underwater are considered extremely valuable by archaeologists all over the world.

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