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A Lost Italian Village Just Emerged After More Than 70 Years Underwater.

A Lost Italian Village Just Emerged After More Than 70 Years Underwater.

Curon was once a village of hundreds of people, before it was sacrificed in the name of energy. For over seventy years, a lone church tower rising from the middle of a lake seemed to be all that was left of the Italian village of Curon. This strange sight also became popular among tourists.

For decades, the only sign of the lost village of Curon was the curious appearance of a 14th century church spire rising out of the middle of a lake. Now, for the first time in decades, locals around Lago di Resia in South Tyrol, Italy, are walking among the remnants of the old village.

In April, the missing town began to resurface as workers drained the lake to perform repairs on the hydroelectric plant. There are only a couple weeks until Curon is resubmerged, as the power company that owns the dam slowly refills the lake.

It resulted in 160 homes being submerged under what became Lake Resia, which over the years has transformed into a popular hiking spot for tourists. The church spire sits in the middle of the lake, and in the winter when it freezes over, people have been able to walk out over to it.

Per the BBC, Curon was once a village of hundreds of people, before it was sacrificed in the name of energy. In 1950, it was intentionally flooded to create an artificial lake for a hydroelectric plant. The residents were evacuated to nearby land, and their dwellings lost and forgotten underwater, until today.

Resident Luisa Azzolini decided to film what she saw on May 16, giving people a glimpse of a village that has been lost to the world for over 70 years. She said: "All the houses were destroyed, except for the church tower that is always visible."

Credits: Luisa Azzolini

 

Credits: Luisa Azzolini

 

Credits: Luisa Azzolini

 

On social media, people have documented the reemergence, sharing images of steps, cellars, and walls that were previously submerged.

Local legends about the underwater village say you can still hear the church bells ring from time to time. Alas, in actuality the bells were removed years ago.

 

Article Source: vt.co

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