Island Of Atlantis
Ever wondered about the island of Atlantis? According to Plato, Atlantis was a land and sea power situated in front of the Pillars of Hercules that had conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa in the 10th millennium BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean in a single day and night of misfortune. Since then the island of Atlantis has been investigated and thought to be fact and fiction - sometimes by the same people!
From Platos description this fabulous island lay somewhere between North America and Africa maybe round the island of Gibraltar. It was an island about 340 miles long and 230 miles wide. The north had 6 mile high mountains along the shore, with the exception of one mountain which was low on all sides and served as the entrance to the capital city which was also named Atlantis. It contained a huge natural harbour which could dock many ships and therefore great trading took place. The south side of the island was an oblong plain. The island was covered with red, black, and white volcanic rocks, the red rocks gave the island a red hue, which also made the island seem most mysterious.
The capital city Atlantis had the Temple of Poseidon in the centre, the pillars of the main hall were made with gold and the walls was made with silver; the ceiling was made with ivory, which was engraved with gold, silver and copper. All the rest of the rooms were covered with copper from the floors to the ceiling, including the pillars. It must have been stunning.
Atlantis was highly evolved spiritually, more than mankind is today, and its citizens enjoyed bountiful lives. They employed the power of crystals to provide light and heat, and lived in beautiful buildings made of natural materials. The people of this land possessed great wealth thanks to the natural resources found throughout their island and the trade and commerce. The rulers of this land held sway over the people and land of their own island and well into parts of Europe and Africa. Legend states the Atlantis people lived simple, virtuous lives for many years but then greed and power began to corrupt them, especially when they tried and failed to invade Athens. When Zeus saw this he gathered the other gods to determine a suitable punishment and Atlantis was swallowed by the sea.
The latest thinking is that Cuba may be Atlantis as Platos description of a plain, enclosing the capital city and that being surrounded by mountain ranges which lead to the sea matches Cuba’s western plain. Until around 9,000 years ago, the plain extended southwards, across what is today the bay of Batabano to the Isle of Youth. In other words a great plain, drowned in part during the time Plato wrote of. However numerous other theories exist including the Minoans were in fact the Atlanteans, Atlantis was a part of Cyprus and that the island are buried under mud flats in Spain. Although there have so many possible locations I wonder if we will ever know where and what Atlantis really like.
Happy hunting for Atlantis!