Visit Cavtat’s Fascinating Underwater World With Virtual Reality

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 31st of January, 2020, virtual immersion in the rich underwater archaeological site of Cavtat is now possible at the BLUEMED Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge, which was opened within the Archeology Department of the Konavle Museum and Gallery in the Franciscan Monastery of St. Blaise in Pridvorje.

The importance of archaeological treasures and their presentation weas discussed by County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavic, Deputy Director of the DUNEA Regional Agency, Bruno Bebić, Konavle’s Ivo Radonic and the Director of the Konavle Museum and Gallery, Antonija Ruskovic.

Prefect Nikola Dobroslavic congratulated everyone involved on the successful realisation of this project, which is raising awareness of not only the cultural heritage of Cavtat and southern Dalmatia, but of Croatia as a whole.

”It’s a great pleasure for me to be here today to congratulate you on this beautiful project, just one in a line of projects which raise awareness of our area, in this case, what’s under the sea, and to have the opportunity to show it to our fellow citizens and guests.

I’m sure that the Knowledge Promotion Centre will be a nice addition to the existing museum. Yesterday and today I participated in the celebration of several projects funded by European Union funds, and it all goes to show that we know how to use EU funds, and that their potential is huge. Each project has its value, no matter how much money is withdrawn, and we’ll continue to work on withdrawing funds with the DUNEA Regional Agency. We wouldn’t be able to realise this many projects with our own funds, nor with funds from the state budget, and many projects await us,” concluded Dobroslavic.

DUNEA Deputy Director Bruno Bebic explained the activities carried out by the DUNEA Regional Agency over the last three years, emphasising that the Cavtat project is a step forward in promoting cultural heritage.

”The establishment of the Knowledge Promotion Centre marked the end of the BLUEMED project implemented by the DUNEA Regional Agency with partners from Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Greece, and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Zagreb. Konavle’s museums and galleries, the Konavle Municipality, the Konavle Tourist Board and Epidaurum Diving Centre were all extremely important for this project.

On this occasion, the director of the Konavle Museum and Gallery, Antonija Ruskovic, commented on the importance of local community cooperation on such projects.

”Museum work and materials are mostly uninteresting to the general public, especially nowadays when we’re living in a fast pace and are aware that new technologies are the only attractive way of presenting museum material. Through this project, I can say that we at the museum have made the most profit. We’ve received one presentation that we will be able to offer to a wider audience, and the impact on the overall popularisation of cultural heritage is much greater and more significant. Many thanks to the DUNEA Regional Agency, the Konavle Municipality and the Konavle Tourist Board, as well as all our staff who will assist tourists in exploring the new setting,” said Antonija Ruskovic.

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