Shrinking Lake Hazar reveals sunken city

DEMIRÖREN NEWS AGENCY
ELAZIĞ, Turkey
Published 05.07.2019 00:07
Updated 06.07.2019 10:13
The sunken city is believed to have submerged after an earthquake in the late 19th century.
The sunken city is believed to have submerged after an earthquake in the late 19th century.

As the water levels drop in Lake Hazar, the ruins of the historical settlement known as the "Sunken City" have come to light.

Located in the Sivrice district of Elazığ province between the Hazarbaba Mountain and Mastar Mountain, Lake Hazar is 22 kilometers in length and 6 kilometers in width.

One of the deepest lakes in Turkey, it creates a breathtaking view with the lovely hues of blue and green. The Sunken City, which has arisen from the fall of the water level in the lake, also fascinates people.

It is estimated that this city, which has thousands of years of history, was submerged after an earthquake that occurred in the 1890s in Lake Hazar. It carries traces from various civilizations.

The process of applying to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to register the Sunken City on the cultural heritage list is underway. It is stated that the remains of items from the 11th century were plentiful in the city in the underwater surveys conducted to date, but there are also traces dating back 4,000 years ago in the archaeological findings.

With the registration of the Sunken City by UNESCO, the region is expected to become a center of attraction for diving tourism. Local and foreign tourists are also interested in the ruins of the Sunken City.

Elazığ Governor Çetin Oktay Kaldırım said that boat tours will be organized in order to introduce Lake Hazar to tourism.

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