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Pavlopetri, the world’s oldest submerged city

It dates back to 2,800 B.C., and sank at about 1,000 B.C.

A tribute of BBC travel to underwater cities refers to the 5,000-year-old Pavlopetri submerged city located in southern Greece’s Peloponnese region.

As it is mentioned, the most remarkable about this Bronze Age port city is how well designed it is. It dates back to 2,800 B.C., and sank at about 1,000 B.C.

UNESCO has declared it as an underwater cultural heritage site.


Unlike many other sunken structures, there’s no doubt as to whether Pavlopetri is manmade or not. There’s evidence of roads and detached two-storey houses alongside courtyards and gardens – as well as a complex water management system, the article adds.

Among the underwater cities referred to the BBC article are Japan’s Yonaguni Monument located near the southern tip of the Ryukyu archipelago and India’s Shore Temple.

Japan’s Yonaguni Monument


India’s Shore Temple


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  • Sigge

    Pavlopetri! Very good work initiated 50 years ago by Nicholas Fleming and taken up a few years ago by BBC+University of Nottingham+
    underwater Archaeologist Jon Henderson and the cutting edge digital Technology by Australian Experts!
    youtube has a lot of material but the 50-minute BBC documentary named Pavlopetri has been taken away!

    Thanks mr Fleming! Thanks mr Henderson!