The Lost City of Heracleion | 19 Amazing Underwater Discoveries

The Lost City of Heracleion

Founded sometime in the 12th century BCE, Heracleion once served as the gateway to Egypt and was especially important in the waning days of the Pharaohs, which is why it is also known as the Lost Kingdom of Cleopatra. Archaeologists believe the city was destroyed and sent to the bottom of the sea by massive earthquakes, floods and tidal waves in the 6th or 7th century CE. It was rediscovered in 2000 by a French underwater archaeologist 2.5 kilometers off the coast of Alexandria in Aboukir Bay.

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