Geographical Information Systems

The aim of this website is the online data presentation of the project “Development of Geographical Information Systems on the Acropolis of Athens”, implemented by YSMA and funded by the OP “Information Society”. The application makes use of interactive models and videos in order to present the survey of the Hill and the Walls of the Acropolis and a 3D model of the Erechtheion in low display resolution.

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Virtual Tour

The Acropolis virtual tour comprises images and panoramas of high resolution and also detailed photographic representations of the external side of the ancient walls surrounding the rock. Every view is accompanied with descriptive information concerning the monuments and selected places of interest

The visitors have the opportunity to navigate around the application either on the Internet or via their mobile phones (iOS operating system).

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The Repository of the Acropolis Restoration Service

YSMA’s repository is a storage location of organised digital content for the systematic provision of archival material collected from the restoration programmes on the Acropolis of Athens; as such it also initiates the distribution of material from YSMA’s archive on the Internet. For the time being the accessible documents offer information from the restoration interventions in the Erechtheion. The Repository is to be systematically enriched with new material added after the restoration works in the other monuments of the Acropolis are completed and delivered.

YSMA and the National Documentation Centre worked together in a coordinated effort in order to complete the documentation project.

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The library catalogue-search of the Acropolis Restoration Service

It is an upgraded and standardized catalogue of YSMA’s library that uses the openABEKT platform in collaboration with the National Documentation Centre and provides open access to all Internet users.

YSMA’s specialised reference library does not allow access to the public and contains documents on matters regarding the Acropolis monuments and their restoration works.

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Ancient Greek temple

An online educational game about the architecture of the ancient greek temple. It is addressed mainly to children from 9 years old, as well as educators and the general public. It aims to familiarize the user with the function of the ancient greek temples, their planning, typology, morphology, construction and sculptural decoration. Six characters-personas present the thematic units of the game. Each one of them has a different role related to the ancient temple. A special application entitled “Learn more” concludes the game enhancing its theme with further information.

The game has been developed by the Department of Information and Education of the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) within the NSFR 2014-2020.

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Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis

This application aims to acquaint the user with both the various images of the goddess and with the Acropolis Museum. Through a virtual tour of the Museum, the user, following a light beam, can find and observe selected exhibits of the goddess Athena. Certain of these evoke the sacred cult statues which were found inside temples and of which nothing remains today. Certain others belong to the most significant architectural sculptures of the Acropolis, while others are votive offerings-dedications to Athena, in the form of the goddess herself.

The user can read a brief description of each exhibit, as well as related myths, details about the cult of Athena, and ancient texts by Pausanias. The user can also observe the exhibits, rotate them, and view a virtual restoration.

The application was developed with a grant from the Bodossaki Foundation.

The Parthenon Frieze

This application application is an upgrated version of a previous one and presents the Parthenon frieze, the continuous relief band running along the top part of the main temple. Τhe subject of the frieze was the procession to the Acropolis that took place during the Great Panathenaia, the festival held in honour of the goddess Athena.

This application gathers photographs and descriptions of all the frieze blocks preserved today in Greece and abroad and is presented in four sections. The section entitled “The Parthenon” includes texts and audiovisual material about the architecture and sculptural decoration of the Parthenon. In the section entitled “About the Frieze” the user can get to know the theme, the history, the designing and carving of the frieze.

In the next two sections entitled “Explore the frieze” and “Thematic Tours” the user can explore the frieze either block by block or through thematic tours of its scenes.

The application was developed through the collaboration  of the Acropolis Restoration Service, the Acropolis Museum and the National Center for Documentation & Electronic Content.

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The Glafka Project

In this multi-level online game for pupils from 12 years and up, the leading role belongs to Glafka, a flying robot-owl. The aim of the application is to acquaint pupils with the restoration projects of the Acropolis monuments, which are presented through five modules: a. The Journey (damage and causes for intervention); b. The Help (types of interventions); c. The Crew (the people undertaking the restoration work); d. The Action (restoration works that have been carried out on each of the monuments separately); and e. In the Future (devices and new technologies used in the restoration of the Acropolis). Each module includes preparation – a brief presentation of the topic – and a test – the game. The application concludes with “Learn More”, which includes Glafka’s Library for those interested in further information.

The application was developed under the NSRF 2007-2013.

The Acropolis Educational Resources Repository

This online repository system developed in collaboration with the National Documentation Centre integrates the Department’s educational resources in a fully organized environment compatible with international standards. The user has free access to all of the digitized material, navigable by type, monument, subject, curriculum and educational level.

The repository is a particularly useful tool for teachers in preparation for classroom study as well as for a class visit to the archaeological site and the Acropolis Museum. The repository allows for the continuous updating of its resources and the addition of relevant school projects.

The project was implemented under the Operational Programme “Digital Convergence” of the NSRF 2007-2013.

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“Colour the Peplos Kore“

The Department of Information and Education in collaboration with the Acropolis Museum created the digital game “Colour the Peplophoros” within the context of the activity “Archaic Colours” of the Acropolis Museum, whose main exhibit was the archaic statue of Peplophoros-Peplos Kore. Visitors can use the brush and colors of their choice, color the statue of Peplos Kore and finally print and save their work as many times as they wish and in several variations.