The Richat Structure, also known as the “Eye of the Sahara,” is a mysterious circular formation located in the Sahara desert in Mauritania. This structure, which measures approximately 30 miles in diameter, has long been a source of fascination and speculation. Some researchers have even suggested that it may be the lost city of Atlantis, the ancient island city that was said to have existed beyond the “Pillars of Hercules” and described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.
The idea that the Richat Structure could be the lost city of Atlantis was first put forward by British author and researcher, who has written extensively about ancient civilizations and lost cities. According to the research, the Richat Structure bears a striking resemblance to the description of Atlantis given by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato as well as the references of Atlantis that are found on hieroglyphs in Egypt.
In his dialogues “Timaeus” and “Critias,” Plato wrote about Atlantis, describing it as a powerful and advanced civilization with a central island and a network of canals surrounding it. He wrote, “For it was the surpassing culture and the vastness of the power which the Atlanteans had attained that enabled them to raise such works…the whole circuit of the wall, which went round the outermost zone, they covered with a coating of brass, and the circuit of the next wall they coated with tin, and the third, which encompassed the citadel, flashed with the red light of orichalcum.”
The Richat Structure, with its circular shape and central peak, does indeed bear a resemblance to this description. Furthermore, it is located outside the Pillars of Hercules, making it a possible location for Atlantis. It is also known that the Sahara desert was once much wetter and fertile, which would have allowed for the existence of a city like Atlantis.
It is also worth mentioning that ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs also make reference to a lost city, similar to Atlantis, they call it “The Island of the Blessed” and describe it as a land beyond the seas, a land of great abundance and prosperity. According to the hieroglyphs, this city was also said to have been protected by a system of walls and canals, and it was a place of great spiritual significance. The Richat Structure also fits this description as it is located beyond the seas and it is a circular formation that can be interpreted as a system of walls and canals, and its location in the desert can also be seen as a place of spiritual significance.
The Richat Structure is an enigmatic and mysterious formation that has long captured the imagination of researchers and historians. Its resemblance to the description of Atlantis given by Plato, its location outside the Pillars of Hercules and the hieroglyphs references to a lost city, the “Island of the Blessed” all make it a unique possibility for the lost city of Atlantis. While there is currently no concrete evidence to support this theory, it is important to continue investigating and researching the structure in order to uncover the truth. The lost city of Atlantis may be hiding in plain sight, waiting for us to discover it.