On the coast of Egypt divers have discovered something that was thought lost long ago.
It is said that the ancient city of Iraklion was lost under the sea to good.Well 1200 years later, facing the Bay of Aboukir, this ancient city has finally been discovered.The city dates back to 6 BC century and it boasts some of the most beautiful artifacts imaginable.
Things like large statues of gods and goddesses standing over 15 feet tall and carved in red granite, gold treasures and rare stones, elaborate temples and huge tablets.
This finding is huge community of historic preservation and has been commissioned by museums around the world.
This is diver Franck Goddio examine the enormous statue carved by hand of a pharaoh. This statue is roughly 16 feet tall and is located near a large temple complex
Here is the head of a carved red granite statue depicting the god Hapi. Hapi is known as the god of the Nile flood. Hapi is a symbol of abundance and fertility and has never been found in such a large scale before.
Divers and his research team carefully lift the statue to the surface in order to preserve and protect this piece of history. It will reside safely in a museum.
Here the king, the queen and the god Hapi down on the barge next to a temple stele. The stele dates from the second century B. C .. It was found divided into 17 pieces however, all were found and placed back together.
This gold plate is located in the southern sector of the city. The text is written in Greek and acts as a firm foundation for deposits in the king’s name responsible for creating this area. King Ptolemy III (246-222 B.C.)
In the reflection of this mask divers see a bronze statue of the god Osiris. The crown is the typical insignia of power and this statue is adorned with gold leaf eyes.
Each of the details of this site in the Bay of Aboukir has been meticulously documented. Here a diver measures a red granite statues feet below the ocean surface.
A bronze oil lamp in excellent condition. This dates from the 2nd century BC
Franck Goddio Diver showing the size of the inscribed stele. This was built under Nectanebo I sometime between 378 and 362 BC
Divers carefully lift the huge wake out of the water where he has been for over 1200 years.
Here divers carefully inspected a stone filled with gold fragments dating from the sixth century BC’m surprised that they are still in tact.
This is a dish gold surface is used for drinking and serve.
This is an absolutely impressive statue found in the bay of a queen Ptolemiac. Most likely Cleopatra II or III dressed as the goddess Isis.
This red granite statue was also found near the great temple of Iraklion and weighs a massive 4 tons.
Here is a beautiful artifact, a statue Greco-Egyptian queen carved in dark stone
This is the head of a pharaoh statue be raised to the surface. The statue is more than 5 meters and was carved in red granite.
A small bronze figure of the 26th dynasty pharaoh found in a smaller temple in the underwater city of Heraklion.
This is an absolutely epic underwater discovery that has researchers scrambling to this part of the globe to learn about this incredibly beautiful Egyptian city.
The fact that this city found underwater underwater has been left untouched for so many years is an amazing factor on its own, much less be as big as it really is finding. These statues and artifacts are huge and nearly perfect condition.
The attention to detail in these pieces is truly beautiful and I am happy to see it being preserved with great care.