We always hear stories about ancient cities like Atlantis that got lost underwaters. These stories are intriguing and they make us wonder about previous civilizations and their way of life, gods, statues and so on. However, it seems like some of those stories are true because a team of expert divers managed to discover something spectacular off the coast of Egypt. Get ready to be amazed, because #9 is truly fascinating!
20. The Lost City of Heracleion
The ancient city of Heracleion is dated back to the 6th century B.C. and it contains some of the world’s most amazing artifacts, statues, jewelry and art. For many years, people believed Heracleion to be a mystical city. People thought that old gods and other entities used to live here. However, it seems like it was just swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea for more than 1,200 years.
Let’s move on to the next picture and see some myths that surround Heracleion!
19. Bringing the Statues to Surface
One of the statues is carefully being lifted by divers so that it can be transported to a museum. This is a physical piece of history and the divers are making sure it goes into the right hands. The Heracleion city used to be a travel destination for some of history’s most famous people.
You’ll be amazed to find out what Helen of Troy used to do in this city!
18. The God Hapi, Pharaoh and His Queen
Just look at how huge those statues are next to real people. The statue on the left is the God Hapi while the ones on the right are the pharaoh and his queen. All of them have been taken out to surface and they look surreal. This is truly amazing, but what’s coming next is even more shocking.
17. Seven Tons Statue
This statue is huge! Can you imagine how long it must have taken people to hand carve and to move the seven tons statue? Now, this is impressive! Just look at how small the divers are compared to it…
16. 16-Feet Tall Statue
The diver we are seeing in this picture is called Frack Goddio and he is inspecting a huge 16-feet tall statue of a pharaoh. What’s interesting is that this statue is also hand carved! You won’t believe what other amazing artifacts have been taken out to surface…
15. Graeco-Egyptian Queen
This scary looking artifact that’s covered in coral reefs used to resemble a beautiful Graeco-Egyptian queen. Talking about scary artifacts, let’s see what the next picture holds in store for us.
14. Incredible Stele
Here we can see diver Franck Goddio once again, but this time he is inspecting an inscribed stele. This stele was ordered by Nectanebo I somewhere around 378 and 362 B.C. You won’t believe what scary thing the divers found next!!
13. Pulling Out the Stele
Remember the previously inscribed stele? Well, this is how it looks when it’s not underwater. Even though it’s been more than 1200 years since they were carved, the letters can still be translated and you won’t believe what they’re saying…
12. Documenting Everything
The divers know that the city of Heracleion is a valuable piece of history and they meticulously document everything. The picture above shows us how a diver measures the length of a broken statue. Curious to see how it looks looked like before it got broken?
11. The God Hapi
This is the head of God Hapi who is also known as the god of the flooding Nile in ancient history. His statue is also hand carved and it is made out of rare red granite. Check out the next picture to see what Helen of Troy was doing in the ancient city…
10. Helen of Troy
There are numerous documents which show that Helen of Troy loved to visit Heracleion. That must have been quite a sight. Here’s what scientists found out about the statues that they found, and what history has to tell about them…
9. Mystical City
What’s interesting is that scientists already know a lot about the city because a Greek philosopher wrote about it in his papers. Check out the upcoming pictures to find out who he was and what secret was he hiding about this lost city…
8. Greek Philosopher
Herodotus is the name of the man who wrote about Heracleion in his papers. He referred to this city many times and he always praised it for its beauty. Herodotus said that Heracleion used to be a prosperous city and that it was the home to an entire civilization. Now, let’s take a look at how much gold the divers managed to pull out of the water.
7. 26th Dynasty Pharaoh
This picture looks like it’s a screenshot from “The Mummy” movie. Nonetheless, what we’re seeing here is a bronze statue of the 26th dynasty pharaoh. As cool as this picture might be, it pales in comparison with what’s coming next.
6. Golden Plaque
This gold plaque is covered in Greek writing and it was used as a signature for foundation deposits directly in the name of the king who did the southern sector of the city, King Ptolemy III. Let’s move on to the next picture and see how meticulous these expert divers are around the Heracleion city.
5. The God Osiris
This reflection of the God Osiris is downright scary! The reason why the statue’s eyes are glowing yellow is that they are covered in gold. This was how people adorned and showed their love for gods. Make sure to check out what’s coming next because it looks amazing.
4. Bronze Oil Lamp
I can’t stop from wondering if a Genie will pop up if someone rubs that lamp. That probably won’t happen but the lamp still looks amazing, especially when considering that it dates back to the second century B.C. The next statue will leave you in awe with its beauty!
3. Ptolemaic Queen
The queen we are seeing in this picture is believed to be Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III that is dressed as the Goddess Iris. The statue is stunning and we can be sure that Cleopatra was more than happy with the way it turned out. Let’s move on to the next picture and see what type of plates kings and pharaohs used to eat from.
2. Gold Plates
This shallow gold plate was used by kings and pharaohs. Historians believe that some of history’s most influential people have dined using this kind of plate. If you like gold objects than the next picture is just right up your alley.
1. Gold Fragments
The two divers are inspecting a stone that’s filled with gold fragments! This must have been someone’s treasure, probably a king or noble of some sort since that’s a lot of gold.