April 10 2014

Video of Submerged Port City in Pavlopetri, Greece

Pavlopetri, one of the oldest cities in the world, is located south of Laconia, opposite to breathtaking Elafonisos. The submerged port city was already in its heyday by the Bronze Age.

Elafonisos Island in Greece

Pavlopetri had an excellent road design and a well constructed road network, while at the same time it had a port, houses with gardens, and was in general a region with characteristic features of an urban way of life.

A few years ago, the BBC created a digital representation of how Pavlopetri used to be during its prime. In this video, one can also find interesting statements regarding this amazing place by a group of scientists.

Pavlopetri, Greece

Dr. Jon Henderson, Professor of Underwater Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, states, ‘Undoubtedly Pavlopetri is the oldest submerged city in the world.’

In the course of the investigations, the discoveries exceeded all expectations, as a whole city with buildings, squares, streets and monuments was found.

The seabed was full of scattered jars. In the same area, a large building about thirty-five meters long was spotted that must have been the domicile and head offices of the city’s political leadership.

The scientists are trying to find out why this city was sunk. There are three main theories. Either the sea level rose, or the ground subsided, or the city sank because of a tidal wave.

Is there a place in your country that is considered this old? Would you enjoy visiting a place like that?

The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Dafni Dimitriadi

Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interested in building and urban design restoration and aims to continue her studies in order to gain more knowledge related to these fields. She is an active volunteer and has participated in many interesting projects, including Open House Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Thessaloniki and through her blogs aims to explore developments associated with architecture and urban design.

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