There is something eerie and ominous in the way some cities have been lost to the hands of time. How they simply sit and wait for the Earth to take them back. These cities linger and wait for a stranger or passerby to notice them, and in turn they are revealed to the world once more, showing off their rubble, ruins, and history for all the world to see.
But what makes these types of places the way they are? A lot of these towns and villages have been burned down after a terrible fire, and others have experienced unfortunate circumstances which eventually led to the evacuation of an entire community. And one of the leading causes of town wide devastation is flooding.
With flooding, this force of nature presents itself with such overwhelming power, in such a short period of time, it's a wonder, as well as one of the worst situations a town or village could experience. Of course, you have places that took awhile for the waters to overtake everything, but regardless, it doesn't shy away from the fact that nature can sometimes be a destructive force which we simply cannot avoid. Other times, flooding is deliberate and entire towns are sacrificed for a reservoir and dam. Then when the drought occurs, deep waters recede and long-lost ghost towns are exposed.
Here are fifteen photos that show the massive and heavy force that water can have on defeated communities around the world.
15 Potosi, Venezuela
14 Curon Venosta, Italy
13 Vilarinho da Furna, Portugal
12 Villa Epecuen, Argentina
11 The Lost Towns, Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts
10 The Lost Villages Of Ontario, Canada
9 St. Thomas, Lake Mead, Nevada
8 Petrolandia, Brazil
7 Lion City, China
6 Cleopatra's Alexandria, Egypt
5 Pavlopetri, Greece
4 Port Royal, Jamaica
3 Dwarka, Gulf of Cambay, India
There is a story which is widely known in India; Lord Krishna, a major Hindu deity, once had an exquisite and rather large city of beauty built. According to legend, there were 70,000 palaces built which were made of gold, silver and various precious metals. Upon his death, this famed city known as Dwarka met its end.
2 Geamana, Romania
1 San Roma de Sau, Spain
Due to the creation of a reservoir, the village of San Roma de Sau was flooded, pushing its residence out forever. It was a heart breaking event considering the town had been there for a millennium. What made it so much worse was the fact that the citizens had to dig up the remains of their relatives before the town could be flooded. All the structures, including ancient ruins, were completely enveloped by the massive waters, leaving to the mercy of the depths, lost until the depths of the water recede. When the reservoir is at its highest, only the tip of the church can be seen, however, during periods of major drought, the entire church can be seen. For whatever reason, when the church was fully above the water, workers fortified the church, reinforcing it with concrete. Perhaps the people of the town, or someone of empathy, felt the need to do the deed.
Sources: WebUrbanist, OddThingsIveSeen, Weather
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