It’s a rare few who can tread upon the sacred rock of the Parthenon—where history and humanity have seeped into every sun-baked column and marble block—and not tap into the extraordinary energy that this ancient wonder emits. If you’re anything like us, that heightened sense comes with a longing to reach down through the centuries and experience what the Acropolis once felt like, before time and the elements left their mark. We’ve caught wind of a way you can do just that.
Thanks to an augmented and virtual reality tool, supported by archaeologists, you can actually visualise all the temples and statues of the Acropolis as they were 2,000 years ago, while you walk around the present-day site. The immersive experience by Moptil, who make AR & VR Apps for 3D reconstructions of major archaeological sites, allows you to view the Parthenon replete with its original decorations and even step inside to conjure the nine-metre tall golden ivory statue of goddess Athena as she was, by using their specially-configured tablet or VR goggles. You can also revive lost monuments, such as the Temple of Zeus, the temple of Diana (among others) in all their 360 degree glory, see how different the Acropolis looked during the Christian and Ottoman Periods, and witness an ancient Athenian priestess pouring olive oil onto a sacred altar.
To access the experience, you’ll need to book in advance on the Moptil website and head to a designated meet-up point near the Acropolis to collect your iPad device. Can’t wait ‘til lockdown lifts? You can also download the app on your own device (Android/iOS) to unlock this fun and educational content to enjoy at home or off-site too. Here’s a small taste of what you’ll see!
Price: 18 Euros per person with tablet and 10 Euros per person for access to the App code-username to download on your own device (valid for one year). Group discounts apply.