Ancient Greek shipwrecks are to dive for, doll
Explore 5th century BC underwater ruins in the first museums of their kind, opening soon in Greece
If you find the idea of visiting a museum boring, you may change your mind if you visit Greece. The ancient Peristera shipwreck near the island of Alonissos is being turned into an underwater museum.
The first of its kind, it lies 28m below sea level and offers a glimpse into a world that was long restricted to a select group of people such as archaeologists.
Believed to be the largest ship of its time, the Peristera is estimated to have sunk in the late 5th century BC. It carried thousands of vases that most likely contained wine.
The shipwreck, discovered in the early 1990s, will soon be accessible by recreational divers. Non-divers can experience it via virtual reality at information centres on land.
The first guided tour test of the wreck was carried out at the beginning of April by both recreational and professional divers. More tests are planned throughout 2019 and 2020 in the hopes of opening the underwater museum to recreational divers in 2021. Part of a European Commission-funded programme, the experience will eventually include three other shipwrecks in Greece’s Pagasitic Gulf.