Extraordinary Pictures Unveil Sunken Town That Used To Be A Popular Resort of Roman High-Culture

Extraordinary Pictures Unveil Sunken Town That Used To Be A Popular Resort of Roman High-Culture

©Antonio Busiello


The city of Baiae used to be a buzzing hive of Roman high-culture, full of decadence, wine, and luxury. More than 1,700 years later since it enjoyed its most content days, the town has been lost to the powers of nature, and it now lies deep below the waves. Nevertheless, it has still managed to maintain its beauty.


These mind-blowing photographs taken by Italian photographer Antonio Busiello give a rare glimpse of the once prosperous town.


Towards the fall of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire, Baiae used to be a popular resort for the rich and famous, which emperors and elites visited to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and splash their great wealth.


The stunning town featured cobbled streets, mosaics, spas, and even the luxurious villas belonging to Julius Caesar and Emperor Nero. Also, it used to be home to several grand temples that were dedicated to Mercury, Venus, and Diana. After staying untouched for centuries, their ruins have since become a shelter for marine life.


Mind-Blowing Pictures Unveil Sunken Town That Used To Be A Popular Resort of Roman High-Culture

Divers explore an amazing mosaic perhaps once the floor of a grand villa. ©Antonio Busiello


As a testament to the temples' wealth, scientists recently found that Baiae’s villas were made of the finest white marble shipped from quarries all over Italy, Turkey, and Greece.


The sunken city lies deep in the Gulf of Naples, a stunning fifteen-kilometer-wide (9.3-mile-wide) gulf off Italy's south-western coast. The town became submerged in the bay after centuries of seismic activity and volcanic activity. After all, the town lay next to Mount Vesuvius, the notorious volcano that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE causing one of the most disastrous volcanic eruptions in European history. Still, this volcanic activity provided the town with geothermal energy to heat the spa waters and baths.


A heavy flooding south of Naples in 2014, which caused a series of landslides to expose parts of the old Roman walls of Baiae. Nevertheless, on the whole, the city’s ruins remain elusive and mysterious.


Marine archeologists also lately discovered a long-lost Roman town in the waters of northeast Tunisia, a short hop across the Mediterranean sea. On their diving expeditions, the group came across numerous Roman monuments, the ruins of structures, and around a hundred tanks of garum – a fermented fish sauce that's known as “Rome’s ketchup”. Much like Baiae, this city was also sacked by forces of nature and seismic activity.


Mind-Blowing Pictures Unveil Sunken Town That Used To Be A Popular Resort of Roman High-Culture

Even though now taken over by the sea, the grandiosity of the town remains. ©Antonio Busiello


Reference: IFLScience

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