For a brief few weeks in January 2012, the sinking of the Costa Concordia attracted the attention of the world.
With its notes of hubris, heroism, and tragedy, the dramatic tale of an ill-fated cruise ship that ran aground off the Tuscan coast -- tearing a massive gash in its hull -- proved irresistible. Images of the 951 foot-long Costa Concordia -- a vessel more than twice as big as the Titanic -- keeled over just meters from Italy's rocky shores, and of Francesco Schettino, the dark-haired captain who seemingly turned coward when disaster struck, played over and over on televisions around the globe.
But then, the world moved on. And for more than a year and a half, the Costa Concordia waited -- half submerged, growing ever rustier -- for a rescue. The ship spent a total of 20 months on her side before she was hauled upright once again early Tuesday morning, in what the Guardian called "one of the most ambitious salvage operations in maritime history." Of the 4,229 people on board, 32 were killed in the wreck and two still have yet to be found. As for Schettino, he is keeping a low profile as he awaits trial on multiple charges of manslaughter and causing a shipwreck.
Here is a collection of images of the Costa Concordia -- from her glory days as a gleaming luxury liner to today, when, righted again at last, she once again captured the spotlight.
Above, the Costa Concordia as seen on Jan. 20, 2012.