We've all heard of the legend of Atlantis - the once great city, submerged under water, unseen yet eerily compelling. But unlike this fictional island there are several real lost cities buried under layers of water waiting to be discovered. Today we bring you 10 lost underwater cities of the ancient world that were once lost in time but has been discovered and are being explored.
This small Brazilian town has got a quiet a history. There were suspicions that a preacher named Antonio the Counselor was organising an uprising with poor farmers and slaves against the government. After about a year of struggle with a few successes impressive resistance, when the uprising came to an end on 5th October 1897, story goes that there was only one child, one old man and two adults left. Decades later a dam was built near the town to deal with droughts but in the 1970s it ended up flooding what remained of the place. Today the revolutionary town lies at the pit of a man-made lake .
Tyno Helig, UK
Regarded as Wales' Atlantis, Tyno Helig is sometime considered part legend and part of it is based on reality. The story goes that a lord's daughter fell in love with a common man. The man wanting to be with his love and he made a plan. He stabbed a nobleman on his back and stole his gold collar. He came before the lord and told him that he won the collar in a fair fight and married the woman he loved. On the night after the wedding the noble man's ghost came and cursed the couple. Generations later the curse started to take effect when the waves slowly gulped the castle where they lived. Today some say the castle tops are sometimes seen peeking out from the water.
Willow Grove, USA
Located in the murky depths of Dale Hollow Lake, the once thriving town - Willow Grove got its name from the trees that bordered the area. The town had everything you'd expect to see in a town, church, grocery store and apparently one of the largest schools in the area. During the World War most of the men went to the frontiers and died. Soon the government set their eyes on the picturesque place and began building dams. Later the area got flooded and today bows the Willow Groves sit in the bottom of a crystal clear lake .
Dunwich was a port city and was once a religious centre where Christians came to set off for the Crusades. Now a tiny fishing village with only over a 100 people, Dunwich was once the 10th largest city in England almost as big as London today. For long the city had been dealing with rough weather and at one point it resulted in serious erosion. By the 15th century the once thriving city with its cathedrals, houses, and port structures was washed under water.
Doggerland, North Sea
In ancient times, the Doggerland was home to Mesolithic tribes in the North Sea. Now a mere speck, once they were a continuous mass of land joining England with Europe about 20,000 years ago. Historians call the Doggerland the north's Garden of Eden where life (both human and animal) was on its full swing, until the sea level started rising and swallowed large chunks of the land masses. Before the flooding, Doggerland was largely occupied with fishermen and hunters.