0843 GMT August 12, 2020
The ship was carrying some 3,000-4,000 amphorae, ancient storage devices.
The site, located near the island of Peristera, off the island of Alonissos, will be open to diving enthusiasts from August 3 to October 3, while non-diving tourists will be able to take a virtual tour at an information center in Alonissos, reported euronews.com.
“This wreck lies at a depth of 21-28 meters near the coast of the island of Peristera and contains 3,000 to 4,000 amphorae,” Maria Agalou, president of the Alonissos town council, told the Skai TV channel.
"The amphorae reveal the size of the ancient ship. It was a big ship," she added.
The amphorae, most of which are intact, were discovered in 1985 by a fisherman.
"We offer humanity the Parthenon of shipwrecks," said Kostas Agorastos, governor of Thessaly, the region where the island of Alonissos is located, according to Skai TV.
This large merchant ship is said to have sunk around 425 BCE due to bad weather during a crossing between Chalkidiki, in northern Greece, and the island of Skopelos, Ert Pari Kalamara, director of the Department of Underwater Antiquities, told the television channel Ert Pari Kalamara.
The Greek authorities plan to make four other ancient shipwreck sites accessible to scuba-diving tourists.