Underwater archaeologists found a 2000-year-old temple

(ORDO NEWS) — Marine archaeologists discovered an ancient temple at the bottom of the ocean.

According to historians, it is approximately 2000 years old. It is located opposite the Gulf of Pozzuoli, next to the city that in the Roman Empire had the glory of modern Las Vegas.

During the times of prosperity in the Roman Empire, the city was called Bayi.

The entire Roman elite had fun here. Just imagine that a “fashionable” by the standards of that time seaside resort attracted rich Romans. They built villas here, rested in hot springs, and arranged expensive entertainment.

In Baia, villas were built for the emperors themselves: Caesar, Nero, Andrian, they all liked to relax here.

Seneca called the city a refuge of “vice” and advised everyone to avoid it. It was 2 thousand years ago, and today the resort has turned into an underwater archaeological park.

Underwater archaeologists had no idea that there was a temple on the other side of the bay in the submerged settlement of Puteoli.

Researchers say that the area under water is simply huge. It has a two-kilometer coastline filled with buildings. Mosaics, statues and almost all structures have been preserved.

Michaele Stefanile and his colleagues have been studying this area since 2021. They want to create a detailed map of the area.

The team is using many methods to accomplish its mission: to reveal the true scale of Pozzuoli and Puteoli, and to study the temple that was found.

It is known about the temple that its construction was carried out not only by local residents, but also by people from Central Asia.

Nabatean merchants also contributed to it. The Nabateans are an ancient people who lived in Northern Arabia and the Southern Levant.

Historians found the first evidence of the Nabatean temple in inscriptions of the 18th century.

An altar with inscriptions glorifying the god Dusaresa was discovered in Puteola. And all this became possible thanks to the work of divers.

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