Partly Submerged Architectures around the World

Here is a compilation of partly submerged architectural structures around the world.

Geamana in Alba, Romania

The Geamana village was a thriving place until 1978 when rich copper reserves started to dispose of huge amounts of toxic waste into the Geamana valley. The communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the village to be abandoned before flooding the valley and dumping toxic waste into the new lake.

Partly Submerged Architectures: Geamana in Alba, Romania
Partly Submerged Architectures:Geamana in Alba, Romania

Halfeti in Sanliurfa, Turkey

Halfeti was partially submerged due to the construction of the Birecik Dam on the Euphrates River in 2000. Today, the minaret of the early 19th-century mosque is an iconic remnant of the Old Halfeti.

Partly Submerged Architectures: Halfeti in Sanliurfa, Turkey

Old Petrolandia Church in Pernambuco, Brasil

The top of the Old Petrolandia Church pokes out above the water level of Brazil’s largest hydroelectric dam that flooded the city.

Old Petrolandia Church

Jal Mahal in Jaipur, India

In contrast to its current appearance, the Jal Mahal Palace is a three-story high building in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. In the 16th century, the local people were forced to create a dam due to a severe drought. During the 18th century, the lake was expanded, resulting in a flood over the late 17th-century palace.

Jal Mahal in Jaipur, India

Sant Romà de Sau in Spain

Sant Romà de Sau was a 1000-year-old village with the remains of Romanesque architecture. However, in the 1960s, the Catalonian government decided to evacuate the old village to create a water reservoir. Today, the spire of the Romanesque church comes to the surface when the water level is low.

Sant Romà de Sau in Spain

Rummu Quarry in Estonia

Rummu Quarry in Estonia