Top 10 Amazing Facts About the Lost City of Atlantis

The Lost City of Atlantis, first mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato over 2,300 years ago, is one of the oldest and greatest mysteries of the world.

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According to Plato, the utopian island kingdom existed some 9,000 years before his time and disappeared one day. Famed for having been the exhibit of all worldly pleasures in the world, this city is as enigmatic as it is inviting.

The Lost City of Atlantis was abundant in wealth and resources, and the available descriptions make it seem other-worldly. Greek literature mentions that when land was divided among gods, Atlantis was given to Poseidon, the God of sea, earthquakes, storms and horses.

Later, the Atlanteans and Athenians were engaged in a war. The Atlanteans were defeated, losing control over their areas. The Athenians freed some of the occupied islands. However, before the war could progress further, the City of Atlantis sank to the bottom of the sea, taking its people and the memory of this mysterious city.

Even after years of research, the exact truth about this city has not been found, and that adds even more to all the folklore attached to it.

Read on to find out what’s so fascinating about this city.

1. Where is the Lost City of Atlantis?

The biggest question that boggles the minds of all scientists is where Atlantis is. The narrations suggested that the city of Atlantis is believed to have sunk into the sea after an earthquake or tsunami. According to him, Atlantis was a large island near the Rock of Gibraltar and consisted of a Poseidon statue, concentric walls and canals.

Plato added that the city under the sea should have been somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. However, no technology has revealed any such town on the ocean bed.

While some theories suggested that the Atlantis is located in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain, few also argued that it could be even under Antarctica.

For a long time, the Azores was believed to be the site of the city of Atlantis. However, new research has revealed a new place, and the scientists are sure that Atlantis can be found between the waters of Spain and Morocco in Cadiz.

The extent of truth in this story is a mystery in itself. Questions like where the city of Atlantis is or whether it even exists for real are still unanswered. But until the truth beneath it can be unravelled entirely, the world will continue speculating about the existence of the greatest city ever.

2. How big was the Lost City of Atlantis?

Plato, talking about the mysterious underwater kingdom, wrote:

“For the ocean, there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, ‘the pillars of Heracles,’ there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together; and it was possible for the travellers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses that veritable ocean.”

Lost City of Atlantis (Representation Image)

Agreeing with Plato over the size of the island, Tertullian, an early Christian author who believed that Atlantis once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, said it would be bigger than today’s Libya and Asia combined.

Since many others proposed the location of the city of Atlantis in the Mediterranean Sea, narrations have come out scaling the size of the city to Crete, Greece’s largest island.

However, in many stories after Plato’s era, Atlantis was described as a giant city, missing anything specific about its size. Edgar Cayce, an American Christian mystic, suggested that Atlantis and Eurasia were equal in size.

3. Tale of God’s love

Legend says that the city of Atlantis was built by Poseidon- the God of the sea, of storms and earthquakes- when he fell in love with a mortal woman, Cleito. He made this city on top of a hill, on an isolated island in the sea, to protect her and named it Atlantis.

Poseidon: the God who was given the Lost City of Atlantis.

According to the story, Poseidon walked through the world to find the biggest island until he reached the biggest of them all, Atlantis and found it inhabited by people who were more beautiful and intelligent than the rest of the world. There, he met and fell in love with a woman called Cleito.

4. The ‘Captivation’ Palace in the Lost City of Atlantis

The new home built by Poseidon for his love in the City of Atlantis was surrounded by rings of water and land. The five rounds of water were connected to the ground with the help of five tunnels, where a vast canal connected the outer rings of water to the ocean.

The tunnels could accommodate ships, and every route to the city was guarded by gates and towers. Moreover, the wall surrounding the rings was built using red, white and black rock and decorated with precious metals.

Meanwhile, there was another hill called the ‘Hill of Cleito’ where, it is believed, Poseidon captivated his wife because he distrusted her loyalty. Huge moats and pillars surrounded this hill.

5. The Golden Statue of Poseidon

The fable tells that Cleito had five pairs of twin sons with Poseidon, the eldest of which was Atlas. The ten sons inherited the great city, and the first child, Atlas, became the first ruler of Atlantis.

However, it is believed they also built a massive temple for their father with a giant statue of Poseidon riding a chariot carried by winged horses.

The statue was utterly built-in gold and placed in a temple with a spiral roof so high that the clouds drifted through the spirals of the temple.

6. The self-sufficient and prosperous city of Atlantis

The fertile and beautiful city of Atlantis, where half-god and half-human lived, is believed to have been an autonomous region where people grew food and reared animals.

Farmers in the city used to grow crops in the fertile plains on the outskirts with the help of a well-maintained irrigation system.

They also built beautiful buildings and architecture from black and red stone materials. They also had access to rare metals and even alloys like brass and used crystals extensively for leisure and experimental purposes.

7. Rising of the city of Atlantis

Other than the legend of the lost city of Atlantis and other fables, the facts about the city remain unknown. Among historians and other researchers, the findings of Edgar Cayce had something different to tell.

Edgar Cayce believed in the rising of the lost city once again like ‘the sun rises from the sea. He predicted a new land would appear off the east coast of North America.

He also suggested that the souls of many people who lived in Atlantis had been incarnating to America to usher in a new era of enlightened human consciousness.

8. Lost City of Atlantis and its extra-terrestrial links

Stories also claim that the original inhabitants of the lost city of Atlantis are believed to be of extra-terrestrial origin and reached there about 50,000 years ago from the Lyrian star system.

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Despite being much taller and fairer than today’s average human being, the average life span of these people is believed to have been 800 years, making them robust prototypes of the existent human race then.

9. Exceptional powers of Atlanteans

As some claim that the Lost City of Atlantis was on Mars or just a colony of an alien civilization, the inhabitants of Atlantis city are believed to possess exceptional powers, such as the ability to control the weather and modify volcanic eruptions.

Atlanteans could control the weather and volcanic eruptions.

Some accounts also mention possessing a device that allowed them to channel energy from time and space.

Even though the myth says that the inhabitants of Atlantis City were superior beings, there are some opinions that it is just a fictional representation of a brutal fashion of life.

10. Did the Lost City of Atlantis exist or not?

While many still consider the Lost City of Atlantis a conspiracy theory, many studies doing the rounds suggest that the fable is based on actual events.

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard finds logic in the story as it has similarities with a massive volcanic eruption on the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea near Greece.

Ballard says a highly advanced society that lived there disappeared suddenly, as with Atlantis. Similarly, Ignatius Donnelly also confirms the existence and disappearance of a mid-Atlantic continent in the exact location that Plato mentioned.

As the debate continued, few researchers claimed that this utopian kingdom was a whole continent located off the Bahamas, and the Bermuda Triangle later swallowed it up. At the same time, another group suggested current Antarctica is the newer version of Atlantis.

Meanwhile, James Romm, a professor at Bard College in Annandale, New York, says Plato created the story to convey some of his philosophical theories, mostly about his vision of an ideal civilization.


Whether the city Atlantis existed or not can never be known for sure. However, it does capture the imagination of human minds. A City inhabited by half humans, half gods, abundant with wealth, resources, and beauty, sounds utopian. It is a popular topic of debate and has been a repeated subject in popular culture. The Lost City of Atlantis is the subject of many children’s stories, documentaries, and sci-fi movies. Our favourite Aquaman of the DC Universe is shown as born in this enchanting city.

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  1. I am a researcher and my evidence shows that the Lost City of Atlantis is somewhere around Latitude:26 degrees18′ 44.56″. Longitude: -70degrees 23′ 49.68”. Atlantis is a extravagant study my photos and knowlege of the city is rapidly increasing. My team and I are so close. This information is actually very helpful. Well about what other perople think I will write again when I get closer.

  2. I never knew that Atlantis could be inhabited by extra terrestrials lives. Also for some people, after the destruction of Atlantis, the people of Atlantis started living in Egypt and built the Great Pyramids. The Pharoahs could also be the children of these people because they looked much different than Egyptians. Whatever the truth be, the story of Atlantis will be one of the great mysteries of human history.

  3. This is quite amazing. In school, I was never taught this, but now that I know, I love this toppppppic.

  4. omg this was soo helpful!! i had to do a report on atlantis and i got an A+!! Thank You!!

  5. I kept reading in the books about the lost city ATLANTIS and i loved it. But the only thing is would this be true!! Else if it is just the fables of the philosophers, why the world is dying to prove as they know its just a fables? Sometimes i truely believes what the old philosophers says, coz most of the myths in olden days are used to be true but appeared as fictional as it is passed generations to generations. M dying to prove this mysteries (the lost city ATLANTIS)

  6. The island of Atlantis is a fascinating story and the way it disappeared from existence.Plato could be right.

  7. I actually have some new information that I have come across in the last two years of research. I would like to discuss with you [however, NOT] in this forum. When you get a chance, please contact me.

  8. I am part Spanish Basque and one story was told to us that the Basque people come from Atlantis. The Basque ppl are also a mystery. Noone knows where the Basque came from before residing in spain.

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  11. I think that we have to search under water with a team of 100 or more people and surely we can find the city of Atlantis and even atlantians also. We should also be careful.

  12. Google “sunken city of Cuba” the pictures speak for them self. What really is suprising is once found no further investigation has been done.

  13. A line drawn from Stonehenge through the Great Pyramid (Earth’s true Meridian) goes to Kerguelen Island, which is set out as a relief map in the Pyramid’s Subterranean Chamber. The mass of the Pyramid is eleven times that of the smaller, which is nine times less than the middle pyramid. When ‘eleven’ is seen as Stonehenge (50 degrees Lat N). Giza, ‘nine’ (30 Lat N), Kerguelen is ‘one’, 50 Lat S – Kerguelen is what remains of the now submerged Amsterdam St Paul Plateau … which was Atlantis.

  14. The great flood that is recorded was caused by the final submerging of Atlantis can you imagine a great land mass that Atlantis was, four hundred thousand miles of land. imagine with the subsidence how the the seas must have surged over the land causing great devastation? Now of course you must understand the stories of the Ark as you have been told could not possibly be actuate, for to house a menagerie of animals such as been written it would be impossible for the dimension of what has been given for the Ark. but many people attempt to flee in these last hours of Atlantis.
    The land you call the Azores is but the mountain peak of what was once part of this continent.


  15. The great flood that is recorded in the bible was caused by the final submerging of Atlantis. The great land mass that Atlantis was, four hundred thousand miles of land Ian

  16. I suspect this city of Atlantis is actually the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Their way of destruction as told by Plato on Atlantis and by biblical account that of Sodom and Gomorrah are similar.

  17. I’m new to pondering about things like Atlantis. I, like everyone else, know nothing. So instead of looking for truth, I ask myself, “If it were true, how could it have happened.” What I mean is that I don’t bother with questions that I cannot answer, but rather use reasoning to figure out how it could be true. I hope that makes sense.

    I have difficulty believing that any human person or group of persons in ancient times or now could construct many of the megalithic structure found all across the Earth. I believe it is more plausible that another race of intelligent beings with technologies even beyond our modern time constructed them. Man at that time would have most likely just been concerned with staying fed, uneaten by predators, and being un-killed by natural disasters, diseases or injuries. Paleolithic tools were also just not capable of constructing such megalithic wonders and I’m not sure that humans at that time could organize and coordinate well enough to achieve such feats anyway.

    The remains of Atlantis could very well be the structures discovered underwater near Bimini. Any race with the knowledge and technology to build such structures with massively huge stones placed with such precision placed across the Earth. Whether it was one race or many races having evolved here or somewhere else, they probably existed long before homo sapien sapien.

    Perhaps the creatures who build these places introduced primitive people to living among the structures in order to give them a chance of survival and then left the Earth for other places in the Cosmos. Maybe they will come back (or have come back.) Like I said, I know nothing, but this explanation seems a possible scenario to me given all the information present.

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