Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Being Lost to the Deep Blue Sea

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Over the 20th century, average sea level rose by 17 cm and continues to grow due to the thermal expansion of ocean water, as well as the melting of polar ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland and mountain glaciers.

About 50 famous historical sites from the Mediterranean will be flooded as early as the next century, scientists from Kiel University in Germany stated.

The list of endangered places included Venice, the ancient center of Rhodes, the historic center of Pisa, Medina of Tunis, Croatia's Dubrovnik, Paphos, Byblos, the old town of Corfu, Syracuse, Ravenna and many other UNESCO World Heritage sites along the coastal zone.

© AP Photo / Luigi CostantiniHigh tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to wear high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year and Thursday's level that reached a peak of 55 inches (140 centimeters) was below the 63 inches (160 centimeters) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades.
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High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to wear high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year and Thursday's level that reached a peak of 55 inches (140 centimeters) was below the 63 inches (160 centimeters) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankLindos Acropolis on Rhodes. The only visible ancient monument today is the mighty bare rock that rises from the sea at an altitude of 116 meters.
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Lindos Acropolis on Rhodes. The only visible ancient monument today is the mighty bare rock that rises from the sea at an altitude of 116 meters.
© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankThe Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most iconic natural structures in the world. The Italian tower is located in the Tuscany region of Central Italy.
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most iconic natural structures in the world. The Italian tower is located in the Tuscany region of Central Italy.
© AFP 2022 / Fethi BelaidThe courtyard of Zitouna Mosque in the Medina of Tunis famous for its medieval Islamic architecture. The lowest part of the Medina is only 7 meters above sea level.
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The courtyard of Zitouna Mosque in the Medina of Tunis famous for its medieval Islamic architecture. The lowest part of the Medina is only 7 meters above sea level.
© Sputnik / Eugene Odinokov / Go to the photo bankFort St. Ivana (St. John's Fortress) is located in Dubrovnik, southern Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. The city is known for its distinctive Old Town, surrounded with massive stone walls built in the 16th century.
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Fort St. Ivana (St. John's Fortress) is located in Dubrovnik, southern Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. The city is known for its distinctive Old Town, surrounded with massive stone walls built in the 16th century.
© Depositphotos / MaugliPaphos is a city on the southwest coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Recent studies demonstrated the high sea level rise of about 10 mm/year and tide gauge measurements show a 5 cm rise from 1977‐1991, and a further 10 cm from 1990‐2001.
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Paphos is a city on the southwest coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Recent studies demonstrated the high sea level rise of about 10 mm/year and tide gauge measurements show a 5 cm rise from 1977‐1991, and a further 10 cm from 1990‐2001.
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Romana Klee / RavennaRavenna is a city in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, known for the colorful mosaics adorning many of its central buildings.
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Ravenna is a city in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, known for the colorful mosaics adorning many of its central buildings.
CC BY 2.0 / Herbert Frank / ByblosByblos (Arabic: Jbail, bibl. Gebal) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, which in the Phoenician period was an important export port for cedar to Egypt and an important transit port for papyrus from Egypt to the Greek world.
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Byblos (Arabic: Jbail, bibl. Gebal) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, which in the Phoenician period was an important export port for cedar to Egypt and an important transit port for papyrus from Egypt to the Greek world.
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Dario Giannobile / Piazza Duomo (Syracuse - Unesco World Heritage) during the blue hour (cropped photo)Syracuse is a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily, Italy known for its ancient ruins.
Piazza Duomo during the blue hour.
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Syracuse is a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily, Italy known for its ancient ruins.
Piazza Duomo during the blue hour.
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Kurt Bauschardt / Old Fortress Port & MoatCorfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is surrounded by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline.
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Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is surrounded by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline.
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