Epidaurus Archaeological Museum, Epidavros

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Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus is a museum in Epidaurus, in Argolis on the Peloponnese peninsula, Greece. The museum, noted for its reconstructions of temples and its columns and inscriptions, was established in 1902 and opened in 1909 to display artifacts unearthed in the ancient site of Epidaurus in the surrounding area.Background and historyThe ancient site of Epidaurus was dedicated to healing and the gods Apollo and Asklepios. The oldest area of the site is a Mycenaean sanctuary dedicated to a healing goddess, which stands on the Kynortion hill; it was founded in the sixteenth century BC on a ruined settlement of the Early and Middle Bronze Age (2800-1800 BC). It lasted until the eleventh century BC, and then in about 800 BC it was rededicated to Apollo and the area is now known as the Apollo sanctuary.The other main sanctuary, the Asclepeion sanctuary of Epidaurus, was first studied by the French Scientific Expedition of the Peloponnese in 1829. In 1870, Panagiotis Kavadias of the Greek Archaeological Society began excavating the site, and over the decades that followed discovered an extensive array of artifacts. The bulk of the collection was unearthed mostly by Karvadias in two main sanctuaries of Asklepios and Apollo in Epidaurus, the older sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas on Mt. Kynortion and the later Asclepeion in the plain. The Asclepeion, the larger of the sanctuaries was known for its healing rituals and for hosting sports.The size of the partial reconstructions of the most important monuments of the Asklepeion and growing collection meant that between 1902 and 1909, Kavadias built the Museum of Epidaurus to store the finds. The sculptures which had been transferred directly to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens were replaced by plaster casts to display in the museum.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Not meant to get up there and not the episkfteite! Very interesting exhibits, blend perfectly with the archeological site and make you understand many things.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice what you see but the exhibition policy of the Museum are more than obsolete. We need a more modern and better reorganisation according to a formulation development of exhibits. I would add also a new space, with panels in order to introduce the traveller to a global knowledge of the sanctuary from a socio-anthropological and cultural history, as well as a section dedicated to the history of the excavations.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I rarely go to the trouble to give feedback about something that relates to the ' general good ' and that because usually I find ' wall ' and closed ears. Growing child, however, and I hope that the best is yet to come ', I have to say this (and I wish to hear the people who every day live in this environment): 1) to the ticks were very expensive!! 12euros i.e. a couple 24eyrw!! With 23 euros I traveled by bus from Epidaurus for Athens. Out heatwave, we melded in.. a fan did that could ... air conditioning nonexistent. 2) was friends from abroad and told them to say a few words about how she was ' full development ' the Temple of Asclepius.. ask at the entrance of the Museum the 2 gentlemen in the slot. You have a form that reflects the Temple of Asclepius with all of the buildings? silence ... ' Timed out "response. OK, I thought.. logical. is the economic crisis ... 3) in 2nd room of the Museum, in a kareklitsa was a sweet young lady. I ask: is there an exhibit illustrating the full development of the Temple of Asclepius with all buildings??? the answer: no no ... until I reached the last Chamber of the Museum (i.e. 3 meters down) to see what we would request that occupies the whole wall!!! In conclusion .... The courtesy of staff is not enough. Need some basic knowledge to not put people ... We left with the impression that the officials were ' planters '. Let's not be the University ... but 2-3 basically let us know. OK the exhibits have ' informational signs '-I wish I upgraded this with a tour of European standards.
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To discover the archeological riches of Epidavros, stay in one of this town's modest pensions near its famed World Heritage Site. However, if you'd like to embrace all that this beautiful seaside destination has to offer, it may be best to stay further away from the amphitheater and closer to the beaches. Here you can take your pick from a bundle of nicer hotels, studios, or self-sufficient apartments near the water. While you'll need to get a ride to visit the ancient site, you will have better access to the town's amenities and natural attractions.
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