Ancient Egyptian city discoverd

Franck Goddio and divers from his team inspect the statue of a pharaoh

Ancient City of Heracleion, near Alexandria, Egypt

Just as in the classical tale, Heracleion was once a prosperous, thriving city before it was engulfed by the sea around 1,500 years ago. It was grand enough to be mentioned by the Greek writer Herodotus, the 5th-century BC historian.

He told the fabulous story of Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world — she of the face that launched a thousand ships — travelling to Heracleion, then a port of ‘great wealth’, with her glamorous Trojan lover, Paris.

Heracleion was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus, who told of Helen of Troy visiting the city with her lover Paris before the Trojan war

A colossal statue of red granite representing the god Hapi, which decorated the temple of Heracleion

The statue of the Goddess Isis sits on display on a barge in an Alexandrian naval base

But no physical evidence of such a grand settlement appeared until 2001, when a group led by French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio stumbled upon some relics that led them to one of the greatest finds of the 21st century.

Goddio was in search of Napoleon’s warships from the 1798 Battle of the Nile, when he was defeated by Nelson in these very waters, but came upon this much more significant discovery.

The ancient port city lies 20 miles northeast of Alexandria in the Mediterranean

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