Peristera, Greece’s first underwater museum

The first underwater museum in Greece, accessible to divers, was inaugurated on Saturday 1 August 2020, at the site of an ancient shipwreck off the islet of Peristera, in the centre of the Aegean. The ribbon was cut at a depth of 25 metres by Regional Governor of Thessaly Kostas Agorastos and Greek pop star Sakis Rouvas, at an official opening ceremony in the presence of Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni.

Peristera is an uninhabited islet near the island of Alonissos in the North Sporades archipelago. The shipwreck lies at a depth of21-28 metres at the north of Kokkalia bay near the islet’s west rocky coast. It was discovered by the local fisherman Dimitris Maurikis, and brought to the attention of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in 1985. The shipwreck was excavated by Dr Elpida Hadjidaki, archaeologist and Head of the Ephorate, on 1992-1993, 1999 and 2000-2001, revealing a cultural treasure of great significance.

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