Medieval Village Underwater Since 1947 Expected To Reappear

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Nestled in the mountains of Central Italy, there’s a medieval village that has been submerged underwater since the 1940s. Nobody has seen it in 26 years, but its eerie charms could reemerge next year in to boost tourism.

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Fabbriche di Careggine, Italy 1994

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The small village named Fabbriche di Careggine was founded back in the 13th century. Located in the province of Lucca in Tuscany, the village used to be inhabited by iron workers.

After the dam was built and the village was flooded by the lake, all its residents had to leave to nearby towns. The artificial Lake Vagli has been emptied four times since its creation — in 1958, 1974, 1983, and 1994.

While there are no longer knights with swords, horsemen, or even dragons, the pictures of this underwater city transport you back in time.

While discussions about emptying Lake Vagli are going on, no official dates for it have been set yet. If it does reemerge, visitors will be able to walk around the long abandoned streets of Fabbriche di Careggine, which usually sit at the bottom of the lake.

The last time the lake was emptied, over 1 million people visited the ancient village.

Watch the video below for more.

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