Ancient Pheia (the submerged city)
In the bay of Agios Andreas are the remains of Ancient Pheia, which was an important harbor for ancient Olympia.
In the 6th century AD, the area along the western coast of Greece was shaken by an earthquake which plunged Ancient Pheia 5 meters below the surface of the Mediterranean and overthrew the Temple of Zeus at Olympia . The city was lost until 1911, when an excavation team found this ancient civilization. The remains from the wall of Pheia can be traced under water, which were explored by several archaeologists in the 1970’s. Although, scuba diving is prohibited here, even a dive in shallow waters will reveal its remaining antiquities. Despite the global interest in the Pheia ruins, this important fragment of history still remains a mystery!
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