Mystery 3,000 Year Old Castle Found Under Water

Archaeologists who have been searching Lake Van – the second largest lake in Turkey – for decades have discovered what they believe is a lost city.

The castle is thought to be an Iron Age relic of the Urartu civilisation – also called the Kingdom of Van – which lived in the area from the 6th to the 9th century BC.

The remarkable discovery was made by archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University and a team of divers.

A diver swimming in Turkey

ATLANTIS? Boffins have discovered the ruins of a 3,000-year old castle underwater

A diver in Turkey

DISCOVERY: Archaeologists have found a lost city

Tahsin Ceylan, head of the diving team of the project, has been searching for the Lake Van Monster – a beast supposedly similar to the legendary Loch Ness Monster – when he found the castle.

He told the Daily Sabah: “There was a rumour that there might be something under the water but most archaeologists and museum officials told us that we won’t find anything.”

The water levels of the lake had changed over the past few thousand years.

The Pyramids of Yonaguni-Jima, Japan

“They named the lake the ‘upper sea’ and believed it had many mysterious things,” said Tahsin.

“With this belief in mind we are working to reveal the lake’s ‘secrets’.

“It is a miracle to find this castle underwater. Archaeologists will come here to examine the castle’s history and provide information on it.

“We have detected the castle’s exact location and photographed it and have made progress in our research.

“We now believe we have discovered a new area for archaeologists and historians to study.”

Atlantis is a fictonal island first mentioned in the writings by ancient Greek philosopher Plato in 360 BC.

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