Out of the murky depths comes a face. A face that has not been seen for over 2000 years. The light of the diver's torch uncovers a beauty that only happens rarely in archaeology.

In 2000, French archaeologist Franck Goddio discovered the sunken city of Thonis-Heracleion. This colossal statue was uncovered, along with carcasses of ships, coins and all kinds of trinkets and treasures. Thonis-Heracleion was a hub of activity, trade and mercantile. The port city was a huge commercial hive and, at the time, practically drove Egypt’s economy single-handedly until it was lost beneath the waves.

A series of earthquakes, tsunamis and rising sea levels made it increasingly difficult to live there. By the end of the 2nd century BC, a major flood caused the soil and sediment to soften and many of the buildings fell into the sea. This marked the end of Heracleion’s days.

But it marked the beginning of a legend.