It may not be Atlantis, but the underwater Italian village of Curon is resurfacing for the first time in over 70 years.
Located in the northern part of the country near Switzerland, the village was home to hundreds of people before it was flooded for a hydroelectric plant and the merger of two nearby lakes in 1950, according to BBC News. The plant resulted in the creation of Lake Resia.
Even though the village was submerged, the lake gained popularity due to part of a 14th-century church steeple remaining visible above water. It became the inspiration for the Netflix show, “Curon”.
But now the lake is being temporarily drained for maintenance, giving tourists and local residents the chance to see the village for the first time.
The 14th-century church steeple from the village of Curon is visible from Lake Resia before authorities temporarily drained the lake for maintenance. (Photo: Courtesy: Luisa Azzolini)
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Some people have shared images of what the remaining parts of Curon look like, with some steps and walls still intact. Luisa Azzolini of Merano, South Tyrol said it was a “strange feeling” walking through the remains.
Many of Curon’s residents opposed the creation of the dam and lake before it was made. More than 160 homes were abandoned when Lake Resia was created, according to BBC News. The climate is cold enough for the lake to freeze, allowing people to walk up to the church during the winter.
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