Have you ever imagined that you could visit one of the most popular Museums in Greece at any time, from your own home, and see the masterpiece painting “The Triumph of Achilles”?
How would you feel if, wherever you were on the planet, you could be guided through the history of the Arcade of the Wise and walk along the imperial paths of the Achilleion Palace?
How would you feel if at the touch of a button you could find yourself in a boat and be guided from the “Fairy Lake” to the “Great Ocean” in the Diros Caves, exploring the place where the largest number of hippo bones ever found in Europe were discovered?
The Hellenic Public Properties Company (HPPC) SA is making good use of the opportunities offered by digital technology. Following today’s international promotional methods for cultural and historical sites, it is giving Greeks and people all over the world the chance to get to know the emblematic sites of the Achilleion Museum and the Diros Caves through 3D Virtual Tours.
At the same time, HPPC, mindful of its Corporate Social Responsibility, is making this new programme of 3D virtual tours available to the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs free of charge. After the recent approval from the Institute of Educational Policy, it will be available in all schools all over the country during the new school year, giving students the opportunity to discover the cultural and natural wealth of Greece.
In addition, this initiative, which was implemented with HPPC own resources, comes at a critical juncture for the operation of all museums worldwide as a result of the effects of restrictive measures introduced to combat the pandemic. A recent survey by the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) found that 70% of museum spaces in Europe remained closed throughout the entire pandemic. According to the same research, this led 93% of the museums to turn to creating of digital material that allows the public to be in contact with the exhibits and spaces without being physically present.
In this context, HPPC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is adopting modern international promotion methods for cultural sites, offering both Greeks and every user from anywhere in the world the opportunity to experience a complete digital browsing experience and a guided tour.
The CEO of HPPC, Stefanos D. Vlastos stated:
“As a modern and dynamic company, we adapt our operation both to the new reality that the pandemic has brought worldwide, and also to the new reality that technology has brought to our daily lives. For this reason we will continue to invest significantly in the digital transformation of both the company and its business units so we can acquire new, modern tools and offer new opportunities to the public. Thanks to our excellent and constructive collaboration with the Minister of Culture, Lina Mendoni, and the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Niki Kerameus, we have created a valuable digital tool which we expect to open up new paths and contribute to highlighting Greece’s rich cultural capital and to enhancing the educational process.”
The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni stated:
“Two important, special places, each with its own history and unique features, are now accessible to all citizens through modern technology. The impressive 3D Virtual Tours application takes us on a digital trip and presents the creations of both man and nature. Both the Achilleion Museum and the Diros Caves are unique elements in Greece’s cultural and natural heritage. The Ministry of Culture and Sports enjoys a stable and fruitful cooperation with the State Properties Company. It is very important that this cooperation extends to the production of content, which is available to all citizens from their computer or mobile phone screen, so that no matter where you are, you can enjoy our country’s treasures.”
The Minister of Education and Religion Affairs, Niki Kerameus stated:
“The use of digital tools for the benefit of the educational community is a legacy of the new, post-pandemic, era. In combination with cultivating digital skills and upgrading the technological infrastructure available to our students and schools, we can now systematically provide access to knowledge and culture through a computer. We warmly thank the State Properties Company (HPPC) SA. For giving our student community the opportunity to enjoy three-dimensional virtual tours of the Achilleion Museum and the Diros Caves, two emblematic places full of history, culture and natural wealth. We strongly urge our teachers and students to take advantage of this opportunity and discover these two Greek, studying how they have changed over time and traveling digitally through the wonderful world of knowledge”.
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