Greece adopts innovative technologies to showcase ancient sites for visitors
Greece is increasingly adopting new technologies to showcase its cultural heritage, with a growing number of both public and private initiatives employing the latest applications from augmented reality to GPS to enrich visitor experiences at the country’s ancient sites.
Earlier this year, Greek telecommunications provider Cosmote, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, launched a new mobile application called Chronos that provides users with digital representations of the Parthenon as it would have looked two thousand years ago, as well as other ancient sites around the Acropolis and its nearby museum. It also includes a digital tour guide that is able to reply to more than 10,000 questions about the Acropolis in Greek and English.
Also this year, the non-profit Dipylon Society launched a new mobile application that provides a guided walk from one of the gates of ancient Athens to the site of Plato’s Academy, one of several digital projects the Society has undertaken. In 2018, it was recognized for another mobile application, Walk the Wall Athens, which takes visitors on a guided tour of 35 points along the remains of the ancient city walls that surrounded the city.
A separate initiative by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation has developed a searchable digital archive of more than 5,000 Greek cities, colonies, sanctuaries, archaeological sites, museums, and other points of historical interest. The ToposText application, also designed for mobile devices, provides users with map coordinates and links to texts about a site.