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Fast Facts

  • Location: Located at the Saronic Gulf, in ancient Greece.
  • Attraction type: Ancient Town.
  • Significance: The place is known for the Sanctuary of Asklepios, which is one of the best preserved amphitheatres, still holding regular dramas even after 2,500 years of its construction.
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year.
  • How to Reach: If you are coming down by air, land at Athens International Airport. Take a bus from Athens across the Corinth Canal to reach Epidaurus.
  • Nearest Airport: Athens International Airport (ATH).

Have you ever thought of watching dramas in an amphitheatre built 2,500 years back? No, it is not something that only to be dreamt of. Come to Epidaurus, and let your dream come true. Even after thousands of years after its construction, the perfectly maintained sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus still hosts Greek dramas today and hence remains the greatest attraction of the city of Epidaurus. It has already been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich architecture.

A small city at the Saronic Gulf, in ancient Greece, Epidaurus is known to the whole world for its cultural and architectural richness. Epidaurus, according to Greek mythology, was the place where Asklepios, the god of healing and son of Apollo, was born. Later, the place became one of the popular centers of healing as a number of sick started traveling to Epidaurus during the 4th century BC from far and wide for medical treatment and mystical cures. The sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus was believed to have the mysterious power to cure the sick. Even after thousands of years, the sanctuary still holds the same attraction and draws thousands of people from all parts of the world. The only difference is, the type of attraction has changed from the earlier one. Epidaurus is now an ancient town and a popular architectural site.


Visiting Epidaurus

The biggest attraction of Epidaurus, as you already know, is the Sanctuary of Asklepios. The gigantic theatre, designed by Polykleitos the younger in the 4th century BC, was known for its symmetry and beauty. It was the site that was once used for dramatic performances, ceremonial Hestiatoreion, baths and a palaestra. Initially there were 34 rows in the theatre, which were extended by another 21 rows during the Roman times. With 15,000 seats, the theatre had got exceptional acoustics, which provided excellent sound quality to all the spectators irrespective of their seating arrangements. Currently, a number of plays, concerts and festivals are organized in the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus.

You can also visit the small museum on the site, which contains a number of statues and replicas. There are also a number of interesting ancient buildings. A stadium has also been excavated recently. Don't miss to visit the “Tholos”.

Accommodation There are plenty of hotels in Epidaurus that cater to the needs of all sorts of travelers. Some of the Epidaurus hotels can be listed as below:

Angelica Villas Gialasi

Ancient Epidavros 21 059
Tel: +30-27530-41818
Fax: +30-27530-41942
E-mail: anvep@anvep.com
Web: www.angelicavillas.com

Aristotelis Hotel

Ancient Epidavros
Tel: +30-27530-96553
Fax: +30-27530-96556
E-mail: info@hotel-aristotelis.gr

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