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Divers Went Swimming In The Waters Of France, And This Is What They Found Hiding Under A Lighthouse.

It's not too hard to find a hotel that boasts a gorgeous waterfront view. But this hotel near the La Fourmigue lighthouse off the Cap d'Antibes in France, takes it a step further: it's actually underwater. At 98 feet below sea level, it's been a bit of an institution, with local fish checking in since the 1960s. 


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It's part of a miniaturized French town that boasts a neighboring community of houses, a church, town square, a lawyer's office and an amphitheater. It was built between 1963 and 1965 by a pair of French filmmakers to shoot their movie, L’Enfant et la Sirène (The Child and the Mermaid), on an actual underwater set.


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After dedicating two years to the construction of the town, the film decided to use a Paris animation studio instead. The resulting film, a musical directed by Sylver Néjad Atzamba was never finished and the underwater set was abandoned on the seabed.


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But dig through a diving forum and you'll discover one of the men who actually built the town. He had some incredible old photos of the town's supermarket and salon.


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Here's a diver installing the city. 


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The byline for this article reads: “Will the underwater town of 1000m² at 30 feet deep become pray to vandals again like last year?” (Who is going underwater to vandalize? With SCUBA gear?)


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The sunken city is finally being renovated by the neighboring coastal town of Vallauris Golfe-Juan. An agreement in 2007 lets them not only repair and clean the structures but add a few new buildings.


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There is a diving company that will take you on an excursion to this fascinating miniature town.


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And a mesmerizing video of what you’ll find.


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