This giant granite statue of a pharaoh was found near the submerged city’s grand temple.
Around 1,200 years ago, colossal statues of Egyptian gods graced the bustling port city of Heracleion. Thanks to its huge network of sparkling canals, the city became one of the most vital trade hubs in the Mediterranean, and ships filled with treasures lined its docks. It’s said said that Helen of Troy and her lover Paris once walked here, as did the Greek hero Hercules – after whom the city may have been named.
Located at the mouth of the river Nile, the city was a place of great culture as well as commerce. Then, suddenly, an unknown catastrophe caused the whole city to sink beneath the waves, where it was forgotten – except for a few historical references.