Church Reappears After 1,600 Years Under a Lake as Lockdown Clears Pollution | 22 Words

It is unbelievable to say, but the global pandemic has had a remarkable effect on our planet.

Pollution levels are at an all-time low and, as a result, a church that was buried below a polluted lake has resurfaced for the first time in over a thousand years.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see the remarkable photos of the unearthed church for yourself...

Humans have been cooped up inside since the deadly virus brought our world to a standstill.

Thousands have now died from the virus, and the spread of it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Lockdowns have been implemented all around the world...

Including Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and many parts of the United States.

It's safe to say that things are serious.

People all around the world are certainly feeling the strain and staying confined in their homes isn't as easy as they imagined.

But staying indoors is potentially saving lives...

And it is also saving our planet.

The empty streets have made a staggering impact on the environment...

And this truly goes to show how the human race has severely damaged Planet Earth over the centuries.

Pollution levels are at an all-time low...

Since January, many parts of the world have seen a drastic drop in pollution levels since lockdowns were implemented.

Wuhan in China now has almost unrecognizable stats...

Wuhan is where the coronavirus initially started, and since the city's lockdown back in January, nitrogen dioxide levels have dropped drastically.

And thanks to these drastic drops in pollution...

Mother Nature is thriving more than ever, with plants flourishing and wildlife making appearances in the most unlikely of places - including bottlenose dolphins recently swimming in the crystal clear canals of Venice in Italy that are usually overridden with tourists.

This is truly incredible to see...

And it goes to show how without us humans taking over the streets, the planet is slowly beginning to heal itself.

Endangered animals are also benefiting from these global lockdowns...

And nature has been allowed to take its course without any interruptions.

And, even more remarkably...

People in areas of the state of Punjab in northern India, have been sharing pictures of the Himalayan mountains from up to 125 miles away. The mountains have become visible for the first time in thirty years.

The reduction in air pollution led to the mountain range coming into view.

According to The Independent, The India Today Data Intelligence Unit found the air quality index improved by an average of 33 percent in the country between 16-27 March. The site also reports that nitrogen dioxide levels dropped between 10 March and 22 March, compared to the same period last year.

And people have been taking to social media to express their joy.

And of course, share their best pictures of the Himalayas.

Many were stunned when they awoke to the mountains in view...

"Today morning people in Jalandhar woke up to a massive surprise. They could see what they had not seen for the last 30 years. Right in front of their eyes stood the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas from Himachal Pradesh. Pollution levels have dropped considerably."

What an incredible sight.

It just goes to show that, despite all the negatives, some silver linings to come from this pandemic.

And now, something else is visible as a result of lower pollution levels...

And it has been submerged underwater for centuries.

The ruins from an ancient church in Turkey are finally visible...

After being buried beneath a heavily polluted lake.

Lake Iznik, which sits in the north-western region of the country, has been heavily polluted for decades now...

But, amid the lockdown, the air has been cleaner and the waters clearer than ever before.

And, as a result, the ruins of a 1,600-year-old basilica is visible for the first time in centuries.

The ruins were first discovered in 2014 and are an architectural example of early Christianity.

Historians believe that the basilica was built in AD 390 in honor of St. Neophytos...

But the church collapsed during an earthquake around AD 740, causing it to sink into the lake, constricting it from view for a further 1,000 years. This is amazing. For more on the benefits of the lockdown, keep scrolling...