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Digital “wreath” for Ancient Olympia

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Introduction
Description – Objective
Expected results

Introduction Scroll to Top


In the era of the information society and new technologies, the possibilities offered by modern ICTs for the exchange of images, texts and sounds overcome the obstacles of language, open up the geographical boundaries of our country and provide very important opportunities for the promotion of our cultural heritage.

Cultural goods are not seen as simple objects exhibited in a museum but are transformed into cultural products. The presentation of 3D objects, the creation of virtual museums and virtual tours around museums and sites of big cultural and historical value reach now the entire world through the Internet and are put at the disposal of the public that does not need to move.

The use of ICTs in Museums and other areas of cultural interest opens up new roads for the presentation of our cultural heritage that do not constitute a simple display of worth-seeing exhibits in museums but lead to more experiential approaches of the subject presented to the visitors: more information adapted to the needs of special types of public, association with other objects, places or information that may be far away, combination of the exhibit with relevant audio-visual material. New technologies offer advanced possibilities through which the visitor-user can choose their way of being informed and participate in its formation.

The Information Society has actions and finances efforts aiming at the coordinated and systematic documentation, promotion and utilisation of Greek Culture and cultural communication and lead to the improvement of the public’s understanding of cultural achievements, values and evidence.

Description - Objective Scroll to Top


One of the characteristic projects of this kind is the “Digital Exhibition of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games” with a budget of 5,000,000 €.

The objective of the project is the integrated presentation and promotion of the history of the ancient Olympic Games, one of the most important topics of our cultural heritage enjoying world fame and interest.

The project concerns the implementation of an innovative and technologically advanced programme which effectively combines the modern cultural and recreational wishes of the visitors with the possibilities of synthesis, representation and communication of knowledge offered by modern technology.  

The digital exhibition of the history of the ancient Olympic Games will be developed and operate in the building of the old museum of ancient Olympia supplementing the exhibition of the natural archaeological findings. Thousands of visitors of the wider area of the Archaeological Site of Olympia will be able to enjoy it and it will lead to the development of a modern and advanced service of cultural entertainment and information. 

The whole area will be transformed into a cultural and tourist centre of major national importance which is expected to offer a modern and attractive way of presenting the special aspects, ideas, historic, social and geo-political characteristics which establish the exceptionality of the area and contribute to the promotion of its authenticity and the archaeological findings.

The specific project, which is implemented by the Hellenic Culture Organisation SA anticipates among other things the planning, development and installation of a technologically advanced information system which will guide and inform the visitors about the history of the ancient Olympic Games. It also anticipates the production, collection, adaptation, translation and scientific supervision of the content which will document the topic of the history of the ancient Olympic Games and will be presented through the information system. The topics cover the history of the Olympic Games until 393 AD, with short references to the athletics as a concept and ideal, to the origin of the sports and the other important pan-Hellenic Games.

Expected results Scroll to Top


The implementation of the project is expected to contribute to the improvement of providing information for the visitors of Ancient Olympia, the strengthening of tourist interest for the area having as a consequence the increase in the number of visitors –mainly young people from all over the country, the creation of new jobs and, of course, the direct and significant promotion of the Greek cultural heritage and, in general, of Greek culture. 

The ones directly benefiting from the project will be the visitors, Greek and foreigners, as well as the inhabitants of the wider area of ancient Olympia.

The Hellenic Culture Organisation SA will also implement an e-guide of Ancient Olympia where the Archaeological Site and the New Museum will be presented. Part of the content produced in the context of the e-guide will be used in the above project.

In general terms, however, the promotion of the wider area of Ancient Olympia is a full programme of a project which started in 1999 and continues to date. The implementation of this programme is financed by the 3rd CSF.


This project supplements the total upgrading programme of the area of Ancient Olympia.
Comments of the Press
The Greek Press (electronic and “mainstream”) extensively dealt with the initiative on the “Digital Exhibition of the Olympic Games”. Read relative articles.
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