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Greece transports tourists back in time via augmented reality

Visitors to Athen’s Acropolis may now use the new app to view what the area looked like more than two thousand years ago.

Tourists may now view the Parthenon’s original paint and appearance from when it served as an Athena temple thousands of years ago using only their smart phones.

Chronos, an augmented reality (AR) application developed by the Greek telecom company Cosmote with help from the nation’s Ministry of Culture, overlays a virtual representation on a number of structures on the Acropolis, including the Parthenon temple, the nearby Roman theatre, and portions of the Acropolis Museum.

The Greek term for time as well as the titanic leader are the inspirations for the app’s moniker.

The pictures reveal what the location appeared like a few thousand years back. Visitors may see the marble statues that were formerly stored there before being taken and shown in the British Museum in London by pointing smartphones towards a specific area of the structure.

The software also displays the hues used in the sculptures, the walls, and the very watery area where an earlier monument of the goddess Athena stood.

Shriya Parsotam Chitnavis, a visitor from London, told AFP that she found it to be impressive, elaborating that the sole instance she has seen this sort of innovation previously is at the dentist.

She needed to be persuaded to see the Acropolis since she hardly knew about it. This has become more intriguing after being seen in colour. Since she is a fan of visuals, the fact that this was interactive actually helped her enjoy it.

The mobile application is a component of an initiative to provide global accessibility to the Acropolis. It may make it possible for individuals to learn about Greek history without spending time in the nation, or it might even save some tourists from having to endure the packed uphill hike and protracted queue to view the famous sites up close.

At the initial introduction ceremony for the Chronos application in May, Greece’s cultural minister Lina Mendoni claimed that availability is expanding to the online realm. Real tourists and online visitors are able to impart historical knowledge across the world.

The creators of the free software, which includes a virtual tour driven by AI, said they will keep adding to it.

Mobile devices would be able to obtain even of greater quality information as networks and technology develop, Panayiotis Gabrielides, a senior executive at Cosmote, stated.

Greece has turned to transformation in recent years to boost availability and attract more visitors. In southern Greece’s historic Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games, an immersive digital experience was introduced two years back thanks to a collaboration between the nation’s cultural ministry and Microsoft.

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