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Exhibition "iMARE CULTURE: a virtual journey around underwater archaeological sites of the Mediterranean"




The Embassy of Italy in Cyprus has the pleasure to call your attention to the temporary exhibition "iMARE CULTURE: a virtual journey to the underwater archaeological sites of the Mediterranean". The exhibition will remain open until November 30 at the Thalassa Municipal Museum in Ayia Napa.

The exhibition is the final stage of the project “iMARE Culture” coordinated by the Cyprus University of Technology in collaboration with several bodies including the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism and the Italian Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR). The aim of the project is to develop cutting-edge applications and systems for the realization of "virtual museums" in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists, researchers, museum experts and archaeologists.

One of the sites presented at the exhibition is the submerged city of Baia, at the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park, in Italy. For the development of the Baia project, it was possible to test the systems and technologies developed by the Italian company 3D Research and the Polish Masarykova Univerzita for the underwater visit in augmented reality.

In particular, 3D Research has tested for the first time in the site of Baia, an innovative system of localization that allows underwater visitors to view, through a tablet suitably protected, their position on the map of the archaeological site, to receive contextualized information about their position and, above all, to enjoy a spectacular 3D reconstruction that shows the visitor how the Villa could have appeared in its period of maximum splendour.

The 3D reconstruction of the Villa, usable through various innovative technologies, has been realized following the indications of the archaeologists of the ISCR. The underwater visualization in augmented reality represents an absolute novelty in the field of underwater technologies and Italy confirms once again its commitment to the field of archaeological research and cooperation.

The project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
For more information, visit the project website: