“Parthenon of the wrecks”: Greece opens its first underwater museum | World news


Greece inaugurated its first underwater museum, a treasure trove of amphorae from the 5th century BC. called the “Parthenon of the Wrecks”, off the island of Alonissos in the western Aegean Sea.The wreck site will be open to visits by certified amateur divers from August 3 to October 2, while those unable to dive can take a virtual reality tour at an information center in the main town of Alonissos.

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and other officials attended the ceremony on Saturday.

The ship was carrying thousands of amphoras when it sank around 425 BC. Photograph: Y Issaris / AFP / Getty Images

“This wreck lies 21-28 meters deep near the shores of Peristera islet and contains 3,000 to 4,000 amphorae,” Maria Agalou, president of the Alonissos city council, told Skai TV.

The treasure of two-handled vases is believed to be one of the most important of its kind as most of them are intact. They were found by a fisherman in 1985.

The large merchant ship is said to have sunk due to bad weather around 425 BC. It was carrying thousands of wine amphoras from Chalkidiki to northern Greece and the island of Skopelos, Pari Kalamara, director of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, told Greek television station ERT.


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