Mankind not so long ago got the opportunity to explore the depths of the sea, and the invention of scuba gear opened the underwater world for literally everyone. In a short time, flooded cities and natural formations became popular attractions. And under the water, there were museums and cemeteries. Before your journey, do not forget to test your luck by joining ivibet.com, and after with all your luck go diving.
Reef Cemetery Neptune
A large artificial reef, located about 5 kilometers off the coast of Miami, arose in the mid-2000s. At a depth of 12 meters, columns were installed imitating the legendary Atlantis. They, according to myths, went underwater as a result of a cataclysm. Gradually, other objects appeared at the bottom, turning the reef into a kind of underwater city. There are majestic lions, gates, an amphitheater, and paths that lead to the main square.
Shortly after the idea was born, it was decided to turn the artificial reef into an underwater cemetery, capable of holding the ashes of more than 250,000 people in an area of 65,000 m2. Divers can visit the underwater necropolis with a guided tour and see the names of the people who found their last refuge here.
The Flooded City Shicheng
In 1959, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, large areas were flooded during the construction of a hydroelectric power station. Several villages fell into the flood zone, as well as the ancient and abandoned city of Shicheng (“City of Lions”). It was founded in the 7th century AD. e. Flooding and oblivion for several decades in a certain sense benefited the city – the water well-preserved the buildings of the once majestic city.
The city was rediscovered at the beginning of the 21st century and became the object of scientific research and tourist visits. Shichen fascinates me to this day. Five gates with large towers lead to the city. In the center of the city rise the walls of the palace, decorated with traditional Chinese ornaments, and the sun’s rays through the water’s surface highlight the figures of dragons.
However, only experienced divers can see Shicheng with their own eyes. It is forbidden to raise objects found in the flooded city to the surface.
The monument to the Little Mermaid from the fairy tale by the writer Hans Christian Andersen has long been one of the most famous sights in Copenhagen. But in the capital of Denmark, there is also a much less famous sculpture associated with the legend of marine inhabitants. The fact is that it is underwater and is not immediately evident, but not only divers can see it.
From the Hoibro bridge, located in the city center, in clear weather, the silhouettes of eight men are clearly visible in the water of the canal, who are stretching their hands to the surface. They depict the characters of the legend about the merman and Agneta, somewhat similar to Andersen’s fairy tale. In this story, a man from a mermaid tribe fell in love with an earthly girl named Agnetha. They lived happily underwater with their seven sons, but one day Agneta heard the ringing of bells, asked her husband to go to church, and never returned to her family. Since then, the children and the spouse have been calling Agneta home.
There is nothing mysterious about the origin of the world’s largest underwater sculpture. That is a 5.5-meter figure of a girl was created by British sculptor Jason Taylor and installed at the bottom of the Bahamian island of Nassau in 2014. Unlike the character of ancient Greek myths, this mighty young lady does not hold the vault of heaven on her shoulders, but the entire thickness of the oceans, as if warning people about impending environmental problems. Gradually, the sculpture is overgrown with inhabitants and turns into a coral reef.
This is the largest, but far from the only underwater work of Taylor. The famous sculptor also created an underwater sculpture park off the coast of Grenada and an underwater museum off the coast of the Spanish island of Lanzarote.