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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Greek underwater museum to take a dive in history

A museum located about 30 meters below the surface of the Aegean Sea attracts a different kind of tourism that is a mixture of diving and archeology, described by an Austrian tourist who visited the wreck of the sunken Peristera ship, as a “dive into history”.

On this day when tourists inspected the site, seven divers put on diving suits on the “Tretron” boat, which took them directly to the coasts of Peristera near the island of Alonissos in the Aegean Sea.

Hans-Juergen Verscher, 48, is preparing for his fourth dive to rediscover this buried treasure. The man has become a “legend here,” says Dias, one of the coordinators of the Triton Dive Center.

Fifteen minutes later, the explorers leaped into the water and embarked on their perilous adventure, listening attentively to the wise advice of their supervisors. The remains of this ship’s wreck are located approximately 30 meters at the bottom of the Aegean Sea, which makes diving difficult and requires high-tech.

Beneath their fins, more than 4,000 earthenware jars have been settled in the sand for nearly 2,500 years.

This collection constitutes the first underwater museum in Greece that opened in the summer of 2020.

“It’s a really special and unique site because it mixes diving and archeology,” Fisher told AFP after getting out of the water. You are diving into history. Danish tourist Lisette Frevilund said after the end of the underwater tour: “We are not just in the middle of a marine ecosystem full of coral reefs; Rather, we are observing the remains of an ancient civilization.”

Scuba divers visit the underwater museum in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of the Greek island Alonissos on July 20, 2021. – Resting at a near 30 meter depth for almost 2,500 years the Peristera shipwreck opened to recreational scuba divers during the summer of 2020. (Photo by WILL VASSILOPOULOS / AFP)

As for the Greek George Yasimidis, who came specifically to see the wreck, he confirmed that his expectations were many after the preparatory meeting. And all of it became really impossible during the dive.

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