Atlantropa – the Dream of a New Continent
Peace and prosperity, new living space and energy in abundance – these are the promises of a vision from the 1920s that was highly popular in Europe and elsewhere for decades, but has fallen into oblivion: Atlantropa.
The initiator of this futuristic dream was a Munich architect named Herman Soergel (1885-1952). His aim was nothing less than lowering the level of the Mediterranean. A gigantic dam in the Straits of Gibraltar, 20 miles in length, would cut off the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. New lands would rise; huge hydroelectric power plants would be erected; Europe and Africa would merge to form a new continent: „Atlantropa”.
Soergel firmly believed that only a large-scale international peace project like Atlantropa would save the world from war and destruction.