The 7 Most Stunning Submerged Churches

The 7 Most Stunning Submerged Churches


The 7 Stunning Submerged Churches

Submerged deep in lakes and rivers, these churches were submerged and flooded by men's own foolishness! The very places where people once worked and lived surrounded by the beauty of nature…now homes to the creatures of the deep. All in all, by men’s hurrying up to change the nature’s landscape for reason of growth and progress thereby drowning all that came into their path of development. However, these partly submerged churches of forgotten era strive to survive and are now popular amongst tourists and photographers.

So, here are some of the most amazing submerged churches that may wake up your slumbering curiosity!

1. The Holy Rosary Church, Shettihalli, Hassan, in Karnataka, India

The Holy Rosary Church, Shettihalli, Hassan, in Karnataka, India
The Shettihalli Holy Rosary church that gets submerged every monsoon and emerges in summer

This Holy Rosary Church is a gorgeous illustration of a Gothic-style architecture, build by the French missionaries in the 1860s. Once, the area surrounding the church is so peaceful and naturally blessed.  It was only deserted after the construction of the Hemavati Dam and a reservoir (Gorur Dam) in 1960 and ultimately…forgotten. Now, the ruins are so intriguing and what is more intriguing are the mysterious stories swirling about these forlorn and forgotten structures. This church located in a village Shettihalli in the Hassan district of Karnataka, is also popularly known as ‘The Submerged Church’ and ‘The Floating Church’.

2. The Nativity Church, Russia

The Nativity Church, Russia

The Nativity Church was built in 1790 in Krokhino settlement. It was submerged when the Soviets started constructing a hydroelectric plant. The church then, was located at the water’s edge at the origin of the Sheksna River on the coast of Lake Beloye. Largely, the church is half-destroyed although the southern wall of the church has seen more damaged compared with the northern wall. The Nativity Church became renowned from the time when the tourist routes traverse on Sheksna River. However, in 2009 the project of salvaging the ruins of what remains of the church has been arranged.

3. The Church of Mediano, Spain

The Church of Mediano, Spain

This 16th century submerged Church of Mediano is in Mediano, also a submerged municipality in La Fueva, province of Huesca, Spain. The last inhabitants left the place when the water was already finding their way inside their houses. This church and the surrounding areas were inundated together with the whole village when a water reservoir was built in the 1960’s. When the lake is full the depth at the base of the tower is approximately 30m or around 100 ft.

4. The St. Nicholas Church, Macedonia

The St. Nicholas Church, Macedonia

The St.Nicholas in Mavrovo, Macedonia was built in 1850 and stood there for 153 years until it was determined that an artificial lake was all that is needed in the village. For many years, the church was fully submerged in the lake, but it keeps on rising again, especially in summer and with the droughts of recent years have allowed for access to the church by foot. The valuable icons in this church were momentarily transferred to a little church placed on the side of hill.

5. The Church of Altgraun In Lake Reschen, Italy

The Church of Altgraun In Lake Reschen, Italy

The steeple tower with its clock still visible that soars out of the waters is a historical monument of what was once the churchof Altgraun that dates back in the 14th century. The church’s steeple can be seen today at the heart of the man-made lake Resia that causes the demise of the old church. It is the symbol of the Val Venosta valley, that runs in a west-east orientation, from the Merano basin at Partschins up the Adige river to Reschen Pass in the northwest. The villages of Graun and Reschen were submerged in 1950 together with a total of 163 homes that were lost to make way for the construction of the reservoir for electricity. During summer, the lake is a popular day trip destination and perfect for relaxation and leisure.

6. The Kalyazin Bell Tower, Russia

The Kalyazin Bell Tower, Russia

The KalyazinBell Tower is a Neoclassical belfry, rising to a height of 74.5 meters or around 244 ft. over the waters of the Uglich Reservoir on the Volga River opposite the old town of Kalyazin. The steepled belfry was built in 1796–1800 as part of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, once a part of the Nikolo-Zhabensky Monastery. The belfry of the Nikolsky Cathedral stands on an artificially filled island in the water area of the Uglich reservoir. When the construction started of the Uglich Reservoir in 1939 on order of Stalin, the old part of the town of Kalyazin, as well as several medieval structures, was submerged with the waters. Today, the structure turns out to be the most important object of tourism activities in the east of Tver Oblast. It has an islet shored up underneath with a small pier for boats.

7. The Church of Old Petrolandia, Brazil

The Church of Old Petrolandia, Brazil

Petrolandia is a town south-central of Pernambuco estado (state), northeastern Brazil near the river of Sao Francisco, which was moved or at least part of it when a dam was built. The haunting peak of an old Church of OldPetrolandia is all that remains of a drowned Brazilian city, the only thing left standing of the church, which is unusual and beautiful sight. Prior to the construction of Luiz Gonzaga Dam (formerly Itaparika Dam) in Pernambuco in Brazil in 1979, about 40,000 people were relocated in urban areas and 30,000 people in rural areas, mostly Tuxa.