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Greece yesterday opened its first underwater museum It gathers a multitude of amphoras in the place where a merchant ship was shipwrecked in the 5th century BC, considered as the "Parthenon of the Shipwrecks". The Greek Minister of Culture, Lina Mendoni, attended the inauguration of this place, located off the coast of the island of Alónnisos, in the Aegean Sea.

The museum will be open to divers between August 3 and October 2. Those who do not know how to dive can visit it virtually in a center located in the main city of Alónnisos.

The wreck is located in an area between 21 and 28 meters deep near the coasts of the islet of Peristera and contains between 3,000 and 4,000 amphoras, said Maria Agalou, the president of the municipal council of Alónnisos, in statements to the chain Skai Tv. This shipwreck is believed to have been one of the most important in antiquity due to the large number of remains that remain intact.

The place was discovered in 1985 by a fisherman. A large merchant ship would have sunk in approximately 425 BC, due to bad weather, and was carrying thousands of wine amphorae between the Chalcidice area in northern Greece and the island of Skopelos, Pari said. Kalamara, the director of Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities for the Ert tv network. "The amphorae reveal the shape of the old ship," said the director. (I)

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