List of Cities in the World that are Below Sea Level

Kota Bajak Laut di Port Royal, Jamaika
Kota Bajak Laut di Port Royal, Jamaika
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VIVA – Earth is mostly an ocean area. It turns out, there are several cities in the world that have a low position and structure. This causes these cities to lie below sea level.

Another factor is that some of these cities were submerged due to flooding and the result of aqueduct and reservoir construction.

These cities have different urban layouts from other cities in the world. Here’s the information related to several cities that are located below sea level.

1. Royal Port, Jamaica

Port Royal Jamaica

Port Royal Jamaica

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A major earthquake, followed by a tsunami on June 7, 1692, drowned Port Royal and at least 2,000 people. Now, it’s considered as one of the best-preserved underwater cities in the world, with only a few items moved and placed in museums throughout Jamaica.

2. Dwarka, India

Dwarka was known as the Gateway to Heaven, and sank about 100 feet below the Bay of Cambay. Beneath it are ancient structures, lattices, pillars, and ancient artifacts.

While some are of the view that the city may be at least 10,000 years old. Some people think that the city is 5,000 years old. There are others who claim that Gujarat's Sultan Mahmud Begada attacked the city in 1473 and destroyed the Dwarka temple.

3. Baia, Italy

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Pompeii

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This sunken underwater city believed to be a hedonistic Roman city. Baia is likely due to active volcanic activity in the area.

Reports show that most of the city lies at a depth of less than 20 feet, and about 2000 years old remains were found underwater in near-perfect condition.

4. Pavlopetri, Greece

Gambaran Kota Atlantis yang hilang ditelan lautan.

Gambaran Kota Atlantis yang hilang ditelan lautan.

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Archaeologists estimate that Pavlopetri believed to be the oldest underwater city. Pavopetri was discovered in 1967, which looks like ancient ruins.

Then, a survey conducted a year later revealed plans for a prehistoric city thought to be Mycenaean, located under 3 to 12 feet of water in the Peloponnese.

Jon Henderson of the University of Nottingham said: 'This is a unique find in the sense that we have found on the seabed an almost complete city, with streets, buildings, parks, tombs and what appears to be a religious complex.

5. Lost Villages in Ontario, Canada

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Danau Ontario di Kanada

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These cities are the former municipalities of Cornwall and Osnabruck in Ontario. The area sank after the construction of an airway built in the 1950s, which required the construction of a dam across the St. River. Lawrence. Today, there are still buildings and can be seen from several areas above the air level.

6. Atlit-Yam, Israel

This Neolithic settlement is located off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea and reported to be around 8,000 years old. Although there are some who claim to be the oldest, Atlit-Yam has definite evidence to claim that the city is the oldest.

The city in 1984, a depth of 30 feet underwater, where graves, buildings, and strange skeletons were found. However, the most interesting thing found, there are the seven megaliths in a circle that looks like Stonehenge underwater.

Recent reports predicts that the reason of sinking this city by an earthquake, followed by a Tsunami. 

7. Phanagoria, Russia

Phanagoria was the largest city in ancient Greece, and the capital of the Bosporan Kingdom. The city lies on the Black Sea Park Peninsula, which is now part of Russia.

Reports said that a third of the old city has sunk in the waters of the Black Sea, while two thirds are still on land, which makes this a great archaeological site, with new discoveries still being made.