Production period: 2017-2018
Year of release: 2018
Walk the Wall Athens was produced by Dipylon Society for the Study of Ancient Topography and designed & developed by Fluid.
Dipylon is a nonprofit society founded in 2014 with the aim of contributing to the research and education in the field of ancient topography and cultural landscape studies. Dipylon is interested in collecting, saving, recording and studying archival material related to the history and archaeology of cities and places. At the same time, it promotes synergies with research and educational institutions in Greece and abroad, it organises lectures and archaeological walks and holds a series of seminars on the use of Geographic Information Systems in archaeology and historical topography.
Walk the Wall Athens app was created by archaeologists specialising in ancient topography, who studied the results of archaeological research of the last 170 years. Fluid shared this passion and helped bring to life the ancient walls of Athens, ready to be experienced by users in Athens and abroad.
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Walk the Wall Athens
Walk the Wall Athens is a bilingual app that allows the user to wander, literally and metaphorically, through the streets of Athens and to discover the traces of the ancient city wall. The app will take you to squares and narrow streets, lead you down the basements of buildings, it will have you look through glass floors and shop windows, all the while providing you with a beautifully narrated audio tour and additional specialised information in the form of texts, images and drawings.
From a total of 180 sites, in which remains of the ancient fortifications have been revealed so far, the interactive map will guide you step by step to the 35 Points of Interest (POIs), which have been selected because they present typical aspects of the wall in the city.
479 BC is not ancient history
Walk the Wall-Athens, is an innovative application available for free in English and Greek for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. With the help of this app, the user is able to go on a unique tour of the historical center of Athens and visit its ancient wall. The Themistoklean wall surrounds Athens like a historical chain. The areas it runs through are often associated with references in ancient written sources, whereas each archaeological site that the user visits has made its own contribution to the history of the city. At each step on the ancient wall one has the opportunity to see the exact boundary of the ancient city that existed from Classical times (5th century BC) to the Early Byzantine period (6th century AD), that is, a course of approximately 1000 years.
The excavations on parts of the ancient fortification of Athens began in the middle of the 19th century and continue to this day. You will find that, by decision of the State, the wall has been preserved in a number of ways: in basements of buildings, buried in situ, in the open air or under glass floors. We invite you to recover the ancient circuit wall from oblivion and to use its preserved remains as motivation for wandering in the historical past of the city. Map the route of the wall of Athens with today’s addresses in order to shape an overall view of its size and scope as a single monument.
From a total of 180 archaeological sites, in which remains of the ancient wall have been revealed so far, we have selected 35 points of this historical route, which we invite you to visit.
The mobile app Walk the Wall - Athens includes:
· interactive map with 35 points of interest (POI)
· accurate coordinates that allow the user to spot the ancient remains
· audio tour for each POI
· rich visual material
· information on the fortification of Athens
· offline use
Available languages: ENGLISH and GREEK