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An Underwater Village
04 July 2016 @ 21:16

 

Sometimes old ruins just get in the way of modern progress. When that happens, apparently,  there is no other choice than to flood a village with breathtaking Romanesque ruins. Despite the deluge, after 50 years, the proud spire of the village's church just won't go away that easily.

In the 1960s, the Catalonian government made the choice to create a reservoir on the site of San Romà de Sau, a village that had been inhabited since 917, yes, well over a thousand years. Forced to leave their town, the people made their best effort to take their valuables, and even exhume their dead before the man-made flood. Leaving the skeleton of their town, they headed inland.

As predicted, the creation of the reservoir flooded San Romà de Sau and completely submerged the buildings. However, when water levels in the area drop, the ghost village eerily emerges from the water, highlighted by the three-story church of the town.

Although very small, the pointed spire of the church can still be seen from anywhere in the surrounding hills. When the reservoir is high, only the tip of the Romanesque spire can be seen, but during periods of drought, the entire church emerges on dry land. During one of the dry periods, an effort to fortify the remains took place, and the church was reinforced with concrete. Despite being reinforced, the church is off-limits to visitors, and has a fence surrounding it that sinks with the water level as well.

 

 

Along with the church, other ruins of the town including an empty cemetery and the foundations of other buildings come to the surface as well and are frequently visited by tourists.

 

 



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Falcón said:
04 July 2016 @ 22:16

Amoreee, all this is really beautiful. The landscape is amazing and spectacular how a church can be underwater. The history is really wonderful, since 917 this town or village was inhabited and now in ruins, the people had to leave the village, a shame. LOVE.





coolcat1951 said:
09 July 2016 @ 11:55

Fascinating! There is a village in Lanarkshire Scotland which was also flooded...name escapes me...I wonder how many villages around the world where this has happened....?


Enna said:
27 May 2017 @ 09:27

There is a sunken village near the lake district called hawswater. Water was poured over the village to supply Manchester with water. How much water do the Mancunians waste. Bet the mancunians dont know what sorrow the powers that be caused. When the water is low you can see the village, walk over the bridge etc and yes their loved ones were removed from the graveyard and reburied elsewhere. All this happened at least 70 years ago,but not visited for at least 20 years so further destruction may have happened.


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