The Mediterranean and especially the Greek archipelago is rich in underwater archeological sites of ancient shipwrecks and sunken ports, sunken prehistoric settlements as well as modern historical shipwrecks and monuments. Each shipwreck is a time capsule of history that testifies to our common Mediterranean and maritime culture which united the people through sea routes and proves that the sea was never a border but a bridge between people.

All these underwater monuments and landscapes are available and accessible only by divers, while they remain unknown to the majority of citizens and tourists. At the same time, the strong need to connect tourism with culture and the natural environment, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and environmentally friendly approach by researching new technologies, which will allow all citizens to access the natural and cultural heritage in a novel and innovative way, creates the conditions for the implementation of this research project.


The purpose of i-blueCulture is to offer an insurmountable “dry” experience of underwater reality to the visitor with the possibility of augmented reality elements within an underwater geolocation, as well as at a museum or visitor information center on land, which provides the ability to “navigate” within the live broadcasted underwater image.



Existing technology and further progress

3D modeling

Virtual tour

Virtual view creation application

Virtual view streaming

Underwater cameras and cases

Proximity sensors


i-blueCulture project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE

The project started on November 2020 and will be completed on April 2023

The scientific responsible and coordinator of the project is Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras form CERTH-ITI