A new application for smartphones and tablets through Cosmote telecommunications reanimates parts of the archaeological site of the Acropolis to their original state while the visitor is viewing the ancient monument, it was announced on Wednesday.
Named ‘Cosmote Chronos’, the application combines the capabilities of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with the signal strength of 5G networks to present scientifically documented recreations of the Acropolis.
These include the Parthenon, the sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia and the Chalkotheke (housing metal votive offerings), of which the latter two have not survived. The application also includes the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the monuments of the southern slope of the Acropolis, viewed from the Acropolis Museum. It also presents emblematic pieces exhibited on the Museum’s 3rd floor, where the Parthenon sculptures are displayed.
The application can be used live in a point-and-view manner when visiting the site, or at home.
Speaking about the app, Culture & Sports Minister Lina Mendoni said that accessibility to the Acropolis “now extends to the digital realm, as real or virtual visitors anywhere in the world can share into this historical knowledge.”
Digital technologies “can be catalytic to the preservation and promotion of our rich cultural heritage at a global level,” noted Cosmote CEO Michalis Tsamaz. Cosmote is Greece’s main telecommunications provider and co-creator company of the app.
The app is available free of charge, in both Greek and English, for Android and iOS in the relevant app stores.