We’ve explored a number of “abandoned” miniature buildings on Urban Ghosts, from Lori Nix’s tiny urbex scenes to EVOL’s street art and abandoned Victorian houses made from Lego, but never before have we featured a ruined model city sitting forgotten on the seabed – in this case the Mediterranean off the French Riviera.
According to diver and photographer Michal Krzysztofowicz, the miniature city supposedly dates to the 1950s, when French filmmakers were experimenting with underwater videography techniques. Needing a set to shoot on, they installed the miniature buildings, said to be around a metre high.
Once filming was completed, the city – located near the lighthouse off Cap d’Antibes in southern France – began to deteriorate and ultimately fell into ruin. More recently, a group of divers from Golfe-Juan have begun renovating the miniature buildings and even added a few new structures to the lost city. (All images by Michal Krzysztofowicz via Flickr.)
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