Giuseppe Gargano, an historical of Amalfi, with some friends found
the secret sea of Amalfi and thanks to them we can know the underwater
world of Amalfi.
1979, many researches have been organized under the Amalfi sea and
at the end the enigma of Amalfi underwater has been resort. We
know that there are a lot of structures under the sea, as harbour,
in front of “Marina Grande” (the biggest beach of Amalfi), at
3 meters deep, we find a vast circular area, called “Scario”
where the commercial sailors of Amalfi built their ships and where
they beached their
boats. After the “scario”, at 6 meters deep, they still found
a double wall line, built with “mortar” and between of
these a sandy channel. There were other two walls, 1,5 meters high
and 20 meters long, where there is a “bollard” used to anchor
ships. The complex whole represent the old docking of Amalfi ,
with harbour built on the sea and on the mainland, probably during
the first ten years of the XII century.
front of the two new modern harbours, at 7 meters deep, they found
an artificial platform. This structure, 20 meters wide, it is
cover of sand. In the middle has been discovered a rectangular
hole excavated by
man and near this hole another bollard.
the eastern side of the platform, there is an arch
structure, partially covered with sand.
discovering, thanks to old documents permitted to establish, that
they were the “Molo Capuano” built by the Cardinal
“Pietro Capuano” in 1209, and ended in 1271 by the Amalfi
opera has been completely realized in the water, using Arabic
technology. For this reason the Amalfi people were famous for
their capacity to build harbour, as it showed the Naples’
harbour construction in 1306.
how is disappeared this structure?
the official geology is working on the hypothesis of unexpected
undersea landslide and accentuated by a sea storm during the night
of 24/25 November 1343,
that the people has always confused with a sea-quake.