Can you imagine discovering an ancient city under a lake? That’s exactly what happened when Belgian archaeologist Christophe Delaere found evidence of an early civilization submerged in Bolivia. Apparently, Delaere was tipped off about the sunken temple by curious locals. Learn more about the hidden prehistoric city that was uncovered beneath Lake Titicaca.

A shocking discovery

10 years ago, archaeologists were shocked when they discovered a historical site near the city of Tiquina in Bolivia. Led by Christophe Delaere, the scientific team found a lost metropolis underneath Lake Titicaca. According to the BBC, the finding has led to the revelation of at least 24 additional archaeological remains. One of the most impressive sites, Santiago de Ojjelaya, was so spectacular that the government of Bolivia decided to construct a museum there to commemorate the ruins found above and below ground.

Preserving the ruins

Backed by UNESCO and a Belgian development company, the government of Bolivia has predicted that the museum will be complete in 2020. The total projected cost of the building will be around $10 million. Bolivia’s museum project is designed to have two separate regions that will span across almost 2.3 acres. The first section of the museum will be constructed on land, showcasing historical items from the bottom of the lake. Interestingly enough, the second section of the museum will be partly underwater. It will feature gigantic walls of class that will give guests a glimpse of the ancient city beneath the lake.

Fueling tourism

The proposed museum will initiate the start of a unique tourism economy fueled by archaeological finds.  Bolivian politician Wilma Alanoca Mamani declared that the museum “will be a resort and archaeology research center.” Lead archaeologist Delaere confirmed that the design of the museum will stay true to the buildings of previous Andean cultures.