The ancient city of Baiae in Rome is being compared to Las Vegas, in which it was a blooming area frequented by the nation’s rich and famous personalities. Baiae was once a popular resort where the elites and emperors expend their wealth and enjoy lavish parties. But 1,700 years ago, this grand city lost its vibrancy after nature took a lash at it and made it disappear beneath the waves.
Fast forward to many thousand years later, the site was rediscovered by an expedition team and it was found that most of the statues and mosaics have been beautifully preserved. Italian photographer Antonio Busiello captured stunning images of the old prosperous city, giving people a glimpse of what the luxurious playground was like in ancient Rome.
The sunken city of Baiae is found in the Gulf of Naples, Italy.
Baiae was once a spot frequented by the rich and famous of Ancient Rome.
Personalities like Julius Caesar, Nero, Pompey the Great, Marius, and Hadrian used to visit the city…
Before volcanic activity caused it to retreat below the waters.
Scientists have discovered that the villas in the area were made from the finest white marble.
Much of Baiae was lost to the waves as volcanic activity resulted in the entire city being submerged underwater into the Gulf of Naples of today. In 2014, the south of Naples experienced heavy flooding that caused landslides, which then exposed portions of the old Baiae.
Continuous landslides in 2014 exposed the hidden sunken city.
Recently, divers were allowed to explore the sunken site to take photos.
A team of divers discovered numerous ruins and Roman monuments.
Busiello said diving here is like "a dive into history."
Busiello, who lives in Naples, managed to photograph Baiae and found that mosaics and statues remain well-preserved across centuries. The 45-year-old said that the city was considered as one of Rome’s most important cities.
“The beautiful mosaics, and the villas and temples that have reemerged or are still underwater show the opulence and wealth of this area.It was considered one of the most important Roman cities for centuries. Pliny the Younger used to live here and from here, across the gulf, he witnessed and described the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.”
The gorgeous town once had cobbled streets, statues, mosaics, and spas. Julius Caesar and Emperor Nero’s luxurious villas were found here as well. The site was also a place where temples dedicated to Venus, Diana and Mercury were erected.
Baiae was left untouched for centuries and because of that, it has become a sanctuary for sea creatures.
Pisoni and Protiro villas are visible on site.
Intricate mosaic designs and residential rooms can also be seen.
Divers have also found many treasures still intact.
Historians claim that the city is synonymous to wickedness and luxury.
Following the discovery of the drowned city, scientists from Italy’s University of Calabria and Spanish researcher, Mónica Alvarez de Buergo, worked together to analyze one of Baiae villa’s most valuable elements: the white marble. The team took the plunge to determine the type of material used for the construction of the beautiful villas that remain intact today.
The analyses were published in Applied Surface Science journal and it confirmed that the marble came from quarries in Italy, Turkey, and Greece.
Watch the video below to see the team’s exploration of the sunken city of Baiae.
Man Discovers Ancient Tomb When He Tries to Fix Toilet in His Property
At first, Faggiano kept the discovery secret, even from his wife.
Eight years ago, Lucian Faggiano bought a building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi in Lecce, Puglia in Italy and planned to open a trattoria, an eatery that is somewhere between a restaurant and a fast food joint. The 60-year old Faggiano worked on renovations right away after purchasing the building. The toilet was blocked, so he and his two sons decided to dig a trench to solve the problem.
What was supposed to take around a week to accomplish led to years of waiting for his beloved trattoria to open, thanks to a remarkable discovery on his property.
Faggiano and his sons uncovered an ancient stone floor covering a Messapian burial tomb while they were trying to find the toilet plumbing.
Further digging through cracks and holes led them to a Roman grain storage room and the remains of a convent that belonged to the Franciscans.
Remembering Doña Paz, The Deadliest Shipwreck In History Worse Than The Titanic
In remembrance of its 30th anniversary. May all the victims rest in peace.
Many people think that the sinking of the Titanic is the worst maritime disaster, but there is a disaster worse than the popular shipwreck. The Philippines will be forever haunted by the tragedy of MV Doña Paz that recorded over 4,000 fatalities.
It will be 30 years since MV Doña Paz burned in the Philippine waters. On the unfortunate day of December 20, 1987, five days before Christmas, the passenger ferry collided with oil tanker MT Vector carrying 8,000 barrels of gasoline and kerosene that left an estimated death toll of 4,386 people and only 24 survivors.
MV Doña Paz is overloaded with more than 4,386 people.
MV Doña Paz was heading to Philippine capital, Manila, from the island of Leyte. It has a registered capacity of 1,518 passengers but on that fateful night, the vessel is overcrowded with more people than its normal capacity. According to the families of the victims and few survivors, the ship is jampacked with families going to Manila for the holidays. The official list reflected names a little more than 1,000 but more than 4,000 families rushed to the office of Sulpicio Lines....
Oldest Depictions of Dogs Show Them Wearing Leashes and Helping Humans Hunt
The images only prove that humans were already training and domesticating dogs in archaic times.
Researchers have always believed that dogs were once considered a wild animal and that their looks and built were not similar to how they look now. However, experts are now close to finding the truth behind these creatures.
Somewhere in the northern part of Saudi Arabia, the researchers obtained what appears to be the earliest depiction (engraved) of dogs. While it is interesting in some ways, experts are still not convinced of it.
One of the images depicting the earliest forms of dogs.
An archaeologist by the name of Maria Guagnin from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany said the “distinction” of both the herders and hunters was “immediately clear.” Guagnin was able to document around 1,405 rock art panels that contain more or less 6,618 individual animal depictions....