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Heracleion City: A charming Egyptian City In The Depths Of The Sea

The Egyptian civilization reveals its secrets every day, despite the passage of thousands of years.

The sunken city of Alexandria, Heracleion Thonis, is one of the distinctive tourist attractions in Alexandria. The city of Alexandria is not only rich in its monuments extending over the city’s land, but its wonderful effects also extend to the depths of the sea.

The sunken city of Alexandria is located in the depths of the shore of the Abu Qir area, and it is believed that the city sank between the seventh and eighth centuries AD and was found during the nineties of the twentieth century, where divers and researchers were able to find many sunken monuments, including sculptures, ships, gold jewelry, and others, and this site is considered One of the most important historical museums of Alexandria.

The sunken city of Heraklion was the most important trade center in the Mediterranean, 1200 years ago. It was home to the temple opened by Cleopatra. It sank in what is now known as Abu Qir Bay due to a landslide as a result of its construction on soft land. The city of Heraklion was found in 2001. It was believed for centuries to be a legend like many of the legendary cities of Atlantis.

More than 15 years after the discovery of the ancient city of Heraklion and the recovery of its sunken antiquities, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities transferred 1,199 artifacts to the Grand Egyptian Museum. The artifacts received include a number of decorative and hunting tools, in addition to a pink granite sphinx and a set of statue heads.

There is nothing new in Egypt. Egyptians are making history as usual.

— Silvo Berlusconi

The city has not yet revealed the secret of its sinking. Scientists are puzzled by the reason for the sinking of the city, whether the cause was an earthquake or a flood, but it is certain that its people reached a great degree of sophistication, science and prosperity, due to the rare inscriptions and manuscripts found at the bottom of the sea, in addition to For gold artifacts and antique statues.

Activities to do In the Sunken City

  • Going down to the depths of the sea to visit the ruins, which is a pleasure and an adventure in itself. During your trip, you can enjoy seeing the Great Temple of Heracleion, which was an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of the god “Amun” and the god “Hercules - Khonsu”.
  • You will also see the ruins of the magnificent city that was built during the Ptolemaic era on the land of Alexandria.
  • Among the monuments that you will meet in the sunken city are wooden ships and huge statues of Ptolemaic gods and kings.
  • You can also see some royal utensils and jewelry, some of which were made of gold.
  • And finally do not forget to take pictures with the statues or the monuments of the sunken city in Alexandria so that you remain a souvenir and document of your visit to this place that you may not visit anywhere else.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rawan Osama

Comments

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Thank you, Nian :))

Nian from Pakistan on June 27, 2021:

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub,Rery. This is an amazing article.

Many Blessings to you!

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Hey,Surovi

Glad you enjoy it!

Thanks for your comment

Stay safe:))

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Hello,Eurofile

Happy to hear that you learned about it before.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Most welcome,Rozlin :)) thanks dear for reading

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

You are welcome,Miebakagh

Rosina S Khan on June 27, 2021:

It was intriguing to know about this charming Egyptian city in the depths of the city, Rawan. I had no idea Egyptian cities got sunken like that centuries back. Thank you for this wonderful article. I truly enjoyed reading it.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 27, 2021:

Osama, thank you.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 27, 2021:

This is a fascinating article, revealing what lies beneath the depths. I remember learning about Alexandra at school and have since been interested by it.

Rozlin from UAE on June 27, 2021:

This is a very interesting article, Rawan. I learnt a lot about this amazing sunken city from your hub. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and happy.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

You are totally agree,Miebakagh.

Alex has always been center of multi cultural cilivlization.

Love and respect from Egypt, dear friend!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 27, 2021:

I fully agree. Alexandra is as famous as Rome. It was a great center of learning.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Dear Pamela

Thanks for reading and your kind comment.

Have a nice day :))

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 27, 2021:

This is such a good article. I learned so much about Alexandria, Rery osama. I love the pictures also. I enjoyed reading your article and found it very interesting.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Hey,Jagatheesh!

I know it is seems unbelievable. But yes! -Among the monuments that you will meet in the sunken city are wooden ships and huge statues of Ptolemaic gods and kings.

As an egyptian, we know,learn and discover everyday more and more about ancient Egypt.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 27, 2021:

Hey, friend Emge!

Thats kind of you. Your comment really made my day.

You are totally right. My parents has always told me about historical friendly relation with indian. And i am proud of that!

May god strenghten our bonds as usual.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 27, 2021:

I must also add that Egyptians are very friendly to Indians and this has been right from the time when Nassar was president.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 27, 2021:

This was a very interesting article I have been only once to Egypt but I haven't been to this place and spent more of my time in Alexandria and Cairo.

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 26, 2021:

Hello,Chitrangad!

Thanks for your kind comment my dear.

And you are always welcome here in Egypt.

Have a nice day ^^

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2021:

An interesting and informative article, with wonderful pictures!

I am always fascinated by the Egyptian civilization, and wish to visit this amazing place sometime in future! Wasn't aware of this treasure under the depth of the sea!

Thank you for sharing the interesting details!

Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 26, 2021:

Gald you like it.

Thanks for reading, Miebakagh! :))

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 26, 2021:

It's a wonderful and interesting read. Contain rare and unique photos. Much thanks for the sharing.

Jagatheesh Aruchami from Coimbatore, India on June 26, 2021:

Wow, this article increased my curiosity about ancient Egypt. Do the wooden ships are still there under the water?

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