Egypt- The land which gave a new meaning to civilization needs no introduction. Known for its architecture whether pyramids or minarets, Egypt has always been the cream of the archaeological crop. Here comes another gift from its mysterious past, a lost city under water!
Deep beneath the harbor of Alexandria that is 5 to 7 meters (15 to 21 feet) is an enthralling ancient kingdom of Queen Cleopatra. According to historians, it got submerged in the water due to an earthquake, tsunami or other natural disaster. The entire city plunged into the sea along with the statues, artifacts and the beautiful palace of Cleopatra. The kingdom that was gone missing for over 1,600 years, was recently discovered off the shores of Alexandria in Egypt.
A team of marine archaeologists who spent decades in search of shipwrecks and missing cities below the seas, found this when they began excavating Alexandrian waters in 1998.
Amongst their many discoveries, they found were, coins, red granite columns, statues of the ancient Egyptian god Isis, two sphinxes, an enormous quartzite block with an inscription of a pharaoh, a gigantic stone head believed to be of Caesarion, the son of Cleopatra, the former lover Julius Caesar, representing Cleopatra’s father, Ptolemy XII. So far, 20,000 sunken objects were discovered. Despite the passing of time, everything was preserved in the most perfect condition. The coins are believed to have an insurance value of 50 million dollars.
The Government of Egypt has planned to hold tours for this site by creating an underwater art museum. It also has been serving as an open arena for archeology. Many topographical surveys have been undertaken to conquer the harbor’s poor visibility as it is situated in the murky waters.
In the near future, it will become a remarkable spot for diving and fiberglass tunnels would be constructed for the people who don’t wish to dive. This project is however facing barriers as funding for this museum will cost up to $140m ((£98m), which is not been secured yet.
Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. She belonged to the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of the Greek origin. This royal consort was an intellectual ruler and at times a shrewd diplomat who by any means knew how to hold her nation. Her empire was the world’s best center of civilization. She never would have imagined in her wildest dreams that one day her prestigious empire would get subsided in the gloomy waters of Alexandria.