Greek Central Archaeological Council Backs MICROSOFT's Proposal to Sponsor Ancient Olympia


The Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS - "Τhe Central Archaeological Council unanimously voted in favor of accepting MICROSOFT's proposal for Cultural Sponsorship of the Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia," the Ministry of Culture and Sports said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The purpose of the sponsorship is the implementation of a digital application, without any financial burden on the Greek State, which will give visitors to the Archaeological Site of Olympia and the Museum of Ancient Olympia the ability to view 3D representations of monuments that existed in antiquity based on data from scientific research. The responsibility for collecting the scientific data concerning the archeological site and the exhibits of the museum will be undertaken by a Special Committee which is formed immediately by a decision of the Minister of Culture and Sports," according to the statement.

"The promotion of cultural heritage, with the utilisation of the possibilities provided by modern technology, is a key desideratum and political choice of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. In addition to promoting the archeological site and museum of Ancient Olympia, the sponsorship offered also contributes to the promotion of the values, harmony and peace that are inextricably linked to the Sanctuary of Olympia as the venue for the Olympic Games," Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said.