The Virtual Tour of the Acropolis is an interactive website that allows various aspects of the historical site to be explored in a unique way.
It consists of high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramas of the four main monuments - the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike - as well as a detailed photographic representation of the inner and outer ancient walls surrounding the hill, all accompanied by historical information and a descriptive map.
The application offers a full zoom in towards details of the moments otherwise difficult to reach, an overview of the location of the monument with respect to its surroundings, or even a virtual "walk" through the site.
The application is an initiative of the Acropolis Restoration Service. The decision to adopt "state of the art" technological solutions to "bring online" the entirety of the Acropolis is not merely a statement for the preservation work undertaken by the institution, but also a great contribution to the institution's mission to promote access to cultural heritage.
Enhanced visual access may be used as an inspiration for interested parties and potential visitors, but also as a scientific or educational tool to enable research in various disciplines.
The technologies used to complete this interdisciplinary task by our team involved various photographic acquisition & postprocessing techniques, a database to drive the application and store the image locations, their metadata & the descriptive texts of the monuments, as well as modern web development to design the virtual tour, represent the images, and form the interactions with the visitor.
Great care was given to the conceptual and graphical design of the user interface as it incorporates many ways to navigate the virtual tour, possibilities to form the interface to the visitors needs as well as information regarding the monuments and details of the historical site.
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