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New App Brings Acropolis of Athens Back to Life

Parthenon, the most iconic temple located on the Acropolis
A new mobile phone app using AI will enable visitors to see the Acropolis in its heyday through the use of virtual reality. Credit: Barcex / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

A new mobile phone app will enable visitors to view the Acropolis in all its 5th century BC grandeur.

The new app uses cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality technology, together with artificial intelligence and 5G to recreate the form of the Acropolis in its heyday. In addition, an artificial intelligence assistant will be able to answer questions about the site.

The most iconic portions of the Acropolis, together with some prominent exhibits at the Acropolis museum will now be accessible as a virtual digital representation, allowing visitors to compare the ancient remains with an accurate reconstruction of what they once would have looked like in the past.

App recreates Acropolis in virtual reality

The app was achieved through a collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Cosmote, the largest mobile network operator in Greece. The Acropolis Museum also provided support within the framework of the Cultural Sponsorship Agreement.


The app will incorporate digital representations of various ancient structures and monuments on the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Artemis at Brauron (Bravrona), and the Chalkotheke (which no longer exists).

Additionally, it will feature the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and monuments located on the southern slope of the Sacred Rock as seen from the Acropolis Museum.

Moreover, the application showcases notable artifacts from the third level of the Museum which houses the Parthenon sculptures.

The app works by enabling its users to view the monuments in their true size and explore them from any location, regardless of whether they are on the Acropolis or anywhere else in Greece or abroad.

Augmented reality technology enhances the experience, projecting precise and dynamic virtual digital representations of the monuments onto the current images captured by the user’s mobile device camera.

The app features a digital assistant called Cleo that uses artificial intelligence to answer questions about the Acropolis. Cleo can already answer over 10,000 questions about the historical site in English or Greek.

Comments by the Minister of Culture and Sports

Lina Mendoni, the Minister of Culture and Sports commented on the development of the new app, saying “The symbol of Western Civilization, Freedom and Democracy, the Acropolis and its monuments, combined with modern technology, are more immediately understandable to the general public.”

“Artificial intelligence and augmented reality serve the grandeur of the Acropolis and its universal character by making a wealth of information digitally accessible to real and virtual visitors. For the last four years, we have been implementing a major project for the accessibility of the entire society, to the monuments of the Acropolis,” she continued.

“Courtesy of Cosmote and thanks to the Cosmote Chronos app, this accessibility now extends to the digital realm. Real visitors to the Acropolis or virtual visitors anywhere in the world can become shareholders of historical knowledge. At the same time, they will have the experience of “seeing”, in their entirety, some of the most important monuments of the sanctuary of Athena, in their heyday. With this particular application, our cultural heritage also opens up to the digital dimension,” concluded the minister.

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