One of the oldest shipwrecks in the world is Greek
The British Telegraph once again puts a Greek destination among the world’s top ones. More specifically, in its tribute about the three top underwater wonders in the world that the diving enthusiasts deserve to explore, it included Pavlopetri of Elafonisos.
In the first place of the three, there are the giant manta stingrays of the Maldives, a magnificent spectacle that definitely causes one to feel awe. It is the largest type of stingray in the world, which can reach a width of 5.5-7 meters.
The divers who want to have a thrill can only dive into the mythical reefs of the island and swim with these huge fish, or friendly giants, as they are called because they feed on plankton only, as well as the other “inhabitants” of the interesting ocean floor.
The second is the wreck of a zero-fighter aircraft at the bottom of Papua, New Guinea. Its fall happened in the Second World War, but only in 2000 was discovered.
In the bay of Kimbe, on the island of New Britain, the eerie atmosphere and legends following the wreck are powerful attractions for the unrepentant divers and explorers of the bottom. A plus is, of course, its impressive coral ecosystems as well.
The Greek submarine “miracle” is none other than Pavlopetri, the oldest, as it is considered, submerged city in the world.
Near the village of Viglafia, just before Elafonisos, and between the land and a small island, Pavlopetri “slept” in the waters of Laconia for about 5,000 years, until in 1967 it was discovered by Nicolas Fleming and his team.
The surveys showed that the Greek “Pompeii” consisted of 15 two-storey buildings, found at a depth of 3-4 meters, while the city had a specific plan with streets, various buildings and a cemetery. Subsequent surveys conducted in 2009 revealed that the ancient city stretched to nine acres.
For the chronology that has been created, there are several versions, the first being estimated to have been built around 1,600-1,100 BC. The second, based on the findings, claims that the city is inhabited since 2,800 BC at the beginning of the copper age.