Have you ever wished to take a look around a fascinating underwater site, but couldn’t bother to book a diving tour and mess with all that equipment? You might be in luck sooner than expected, as Croatia’s about to get an attractive ‘underwater museum’.
What’s with the quotation marks? Well, the new attraction won’t actually be located underwater. Konavle municipality are participating in an interesting international project that aims to introduce visitors to the priceless archaeological finds in the Mediterranean Sea.
Instead of raising all the artefacts from the sea and presenting them in glass cases in museum halls, the project will display the heritage in a much more authentic way, enabling visitors to get some insight into the original sites where the exhibits were found and preserved.
Underwater archaeological sites in Cavtat (Croatia), Baiae and Capo (Italy) and the Sporades archipelago (Greece) will soon be presented in multiple museums in all featured countries. The sites will first be filmed using special equipment; add to that the Virtual Diving System, 3D visualisation, a 360-degree videoplayer, 3D monitors and interactive touchscreens, and visitors will be able to ‘dive in’ and move around the site as if they were completely submerged. How often do you get a chance to take a peek at the seabed without having to don a diving suit?
The project is devised as a central attraction of the new Archaeological Museum in Pridvorje, a village located near Konavle in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its opening is planned for 2019, and the project was conceived in collaboration with Italy and Greece.
Source: Slobodna Dalmacija