Just off the coast of Egypt, divers have made a remarkable discovery. Something that was thought once to be a myth, or at the very least to be lost a long, long time ago.
It was said that the ancient legendary city of Heracleion was lost under the sea forever.
Well more than 1200 years later, off the bay of Aboukir, this ancient city has finally been discovered!
The city dates back to the 6th century B.C. and holds some of the most beautiful artifacts you could imagine.
Things like grand statues of gods and goddesses standing well over 15 feet tall and carved out of red granite, treasures of gold and rare stones, elaborate temples and enormous tablets.
This find is of major historical importance, not just for the incredible artifacts discovered, but because it actually brings into question our entire understanding of what is often deemed to be nothing more than myth, just because it dates back to ancient antiquity.
Check out these amazing findings below:
Diver Franck Goddio examining the enormous hand carved statue of a pharaoh. This statue stands roughly 16 feet tall and was found near a large temple under the sea.
Here is the head of a statue carved out of red granite depicting the flood god Hapi. Hapi is an intersex god and symbolizes abundance and fertility. This is the largest statue of the god ever discovered in history.
Here we see the divers having a carefully lifting the enormous sculpture out the water. The monuments will be preserved safely in a museum for future reference.
This precious gold plaque was found in the southern sector of the city and is written in Greek and acts as a signature for foundation deposits in the name of King Ptolemy III (246-222 B.C.)
This is a pretty cool photo, in the reflection of the divers mask we see a bronze statue of the god Osiris
Every single detail of this site in Aboukir Bay has been meticulously documented. Here a diver measures a red granite statues feet below the surface of the ocean.
A bronze oil lamp in excellent condition. This dates back to the 2nd century B.C.
Diver Franck Goddio showing off another fine piece of history. This was built under the rule of Nectanebo I sometime between 378 and 362 B.C.
The divers carefully lift the enormous stele out of the water where it has been resting in secret for well over 1200 years.
The divers carefully inspect a box like container of gold fragments that date back to the 6th century B.C. Amazingly, these are still well intact.
This is a gold saucer that appears to have been used for drinking and serving.
A remarkable statue found under the bay of a Ptolemiac queen and is believed to have most likely been Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III dressed as the goddess Isis.
This massive red granite statue was also found near the temple of Heracleion and weighs a whopping 4 tons.
Another beautiful artifact, a Graeco-Egyptian statue of a queen carved out of dark stone
This is the head of a pharaoh statue being raised to the surface that shows how incredibly large it was. The statue measures over 5 meters in length (or over 16 feet) and was carved out of red granite.
Here is a small bronze figure of the pharaoh of the 26th dynasty found at a smaller temple in the great underwater city of Heracleion.
This is truly an epic underwater find that is attracting researchers from all across the globe to this part of the world, to get a glimpse of this beautiful Egyptian city.
The fact that this city found underwater has been left untouched underwater for so many years is an amazing factor on its own let alone being a find as big as it truly is. These statues and artifacts are massive and nearly perfectly preserved.