Beneath the waves: the ancient sunken city of Herakleion

It is a city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years. But now archeologists are unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port.

Known as Heracleion to the ancient Greeks and Thonis to the ancient Eygptians, the city was rediscovered in 2000 by French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddioand a team from the European Institute for Underwater Acheology (IEASM) after a four-year geophysical survey. The ruins of the lost city were found 30 feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria.

Read more here. (found via Reddit)


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Beneath the waves: the ancient sunken city of Herakleion

A lost cinema in the Egyptian desert

I’d love to go out there with a projector and a screen. From HUH:

Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas has found and documented an old abandoned cinema in the middle of Egypt’s Sinai desert. According to the photographer, the place was built by a crazy Frenchman with money to spare, but sadly no film was ever shown there – on opening night the generator cut out.

While tours do pass close by to the abandoned space, it seems as though the cinema is going to be left alone and unused for a while to come. You can take a look at it using Google Maps as well.

A lost cinema in the Egyptian desert