Return to Atlantis

Metropolitan areas located near big rivers once had ingenious systems to prevent the city from flooding. Enormous brick built basins and water reservoirs were constructed underneath the city, some of them dating back as early as the 1800s. They served as overflow containers during heavy rainfall and river floods.

Most of these old flood reservoirs are redundant these days, yet many of them still exist. They are closed off for the public, and not accessible. There are no public maps of them and pretty much no one knows of their existence.

Going down in these abysses means taking a drop into oblivion. What struck me was the beauty of them. These are underground cathedrals, with stunning architecture, symmetry and design. And pretty much like Poseidon’s Atlantis, they remain mythical and unseen.