Visitors at 25 landmark archaeological sites and museums across Greece will soon have the opportunity to enjoy free wireless internet service (WiFi).
In collaboration with telecommunications company Cosmote, the Greek Culture Ministry will soon offer free WiFi access at 25 sites of interest and museums including Ancient Olympia; the Acropolis of Lindos; the archaeological site of Sounio; the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and the new Vergina Museum; the Museum of Byzantine Culture; Ancient Dodoni; the archaeological site of Nemea; Mystras; the Archaeological site and museum of Eleftherna, the Palamidi Castle and the new Archaeological Museum of Chania.
The scheme is part of a memorandum of cooperation that has been signed between the Culture Ministry and Cosmote.
Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and Cosmote President and CEO Michalis Tsamaz recently signed the extension of the memorandum and discussed the project’s progress, as well as the opportunities that technology offers for the promotion of cultural heritage.
“This program started a few years ago… and is now being upgraded and extended to 25 areas of significant cultural and historical interest… with the aim to offer an even better traveling experience to thousands of Greek and foreign visitors,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said.
Through Cosmote’s infrastructure, the Ministry also looks to develop new digital services based on telemetry and further promote e-ticketing services.
“With the new generation of network infrastructure and free internet, we are able to promote images and sounds of some of Greece’s most important monuments as well as enhance the image of modern digital Greece,” Michalis Tsamaz said.
Cosmote already offers free wireless broadband services in 13 places of cultural interest in Greece, and continues to create infrastructure in other areas, through investments that exceed 3 million euros.
Greece’s archaeological sites and museums that already offer free WiFi access include the Acropolis of Athens; the National Archaeological Museum; the Byzantine & Christian Museum, the Archaeological Museum in the Medieval City of Rhodes; the Heraklion Archaeological Museum; the archaeological sites of Knossos, Delphi and Akrotiri.