Deep under the earth’s waters, like buried remains of bygone civilizations. Since the beginning of time stories and tales about vanished civilizations have been told. The most well-known is the legend of Atlantis, a semi-mythical metropolis that sank beneath the seas of the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether the narrative is genuine or not, it piques people’s interest. Archaeologists have found several submerged towns throughout the world. Because underwater excavations are difficult and expensive, many ancient civilizations have just lately been discovered.

However, if you visit any of these underwater towns you will undoubtedly sense the strange allure that these locations possess. Without further ado, here are the top 7 strange underwater towns in the world.

1. Dwarka – India

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According to mythology Dwarka is Lord Krishna’s hometown, a location thought to be an old wives tale, a myth until the remains were unearthed 131 feet below the ocean. The remains were discovered beneath modern-day Dwarka’s surface. Even specialists have been perplexed by the intricacies and beauty of this metropolis. Many were reported to be fashioned of valuable silver and gold. Now it is the number one tourist attraction.

2. Port Royal – Jamaica

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Port Royal, with its four forts and 2000 buildings was a center of pirate activity in the 17th century. Famous pirates such as Blackbeard would frequently use Port Royal as a base to plunder treasure ships. That is until an earthquake in 1692 drove it beneath the Caribbean Sea. This undersea metropolis, also known as “the wickedest city on Earth,” had a fascinating and violent history as it developed to become the most significant trade station in the New World.

3. Shicheng – China

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This is China’s real-life Atlantis: a network of white temples, memorial arches, paved roads, and residences… buried 130 feet underwater. The so-called Lion City nestled, tucked in a lake between the Five Lion Mountain was previously Shi Cheng, the political and economic hub of Zhejiang’s eastern region. Rich Chinese workmanship highlights its old buildings and other structures.

4. Thonis or Heracleion – Greece

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In 2000, famous archaeologist Franck Goddio found the ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, named after the Greek hero Heracles and known as ancient Egypt’s entrance to the Mediterranean was Egypt’s major port for foreign trade and tax collection. It has served as the topic or location for a variety of legends over the years. According to one mythology, the deity Hercules was given the name Heracleion as a result of Hercules’ visit to the city.

5. Gulf of Cambay – India

This old city is approximately 4 meters beneath the water. This strange metropolis was found by accident in 2002 as a consequence of a study of the quantity of water contamination there. Scientists have found the remnants of an ancient city off the coast of India in the Gulf of Cambay according to writer Tom Housden. The city’s artifacts have been carbon-dated to around 9,500 years ago.

6. The Pyramid of Yonaguni – Japan

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These underwater structures are shrouded in mystery. Experts disagree on whether these pyramids are man-made or natural phenomena. If you accept the former, these buildings were built approximately 10,000 BC during the last ice period. To make matters further worse, these pyramids are similar to those seen in Mexico and Central America. The strangest part is that no additional underwater buildings have been discovered in this area.

7. Port Royal – Jamaica

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International researchers discovered the remnants of an ancient temple beneath Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest lake. An agricultural terrace, a lengthy road, and an 800-meter (2,600-foot) long wall were also discovered beneath the waters of the lake which is located in the Andes highlands between Bolivia and Peru. It is also known as “the Birthplace of the Sun” because local mythology has it that the deity Viracocha emerged from this location to create the stars, the sun, and the first people.