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Epidaurus Theater, Epidavros

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The Epidaurus Ancient Theatre is a theatre in the Greek city of Epidaurus, located on the southeast end of the sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. It is built on the west side of Cynortion Mountain, near modern Lygourio, and belongs to the Epidaurus Municipality. It is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre with regard to acoustics and aesthetics.HistoryAccording to Pausanias, the ancient theatre was constructed by the architect Polykleitos the Younger. Pausanias praises the theatre for its symmetry and beauty. At a maximum capacity of 13,000 to 14,000 spectators, the theatre hosted music, singing and dramatic games that were included in the worship of Asclepius. It was also used as a means to heal patients, since there was a belief that the observation of dramatic shows had positive effects on mental and physical health.Today, the monument attracts a large number of Greek and foreign visitors and is used for the performance of ancient drama plays. The first modern performance conducted at the Epidaurus theatre was Sofocles's tragedy Electra. It was played in 1938, directed by Dimitris Rontiris, starring Katina Paxinou and Eleni Papadaki.
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  • Two things: 1) to avoid peak periods 2) you must be able to love the old stones. Otherwise avoid to take the place of qq' one who loves them! Epidavros is 2 hours from Athens. Convenient for a round trip but if it's July 25 or 13 or August 26, do something else! Unless you spend by Epidaurus on the way to the Peloponnese. Then, try to be there at the opening at 8:30. Off-season, it's more relaxed, but still attended since during the week you'll meet of many schoolgirls. Frankly, if it's not too crowded - a grey October day, not ideal for photos, but quiet - that's great. Too busy, it can be darkly unbearable. It is not forbidden to bring a picnic to keep refrigerated in the car. Entrance fees are earned.
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  • I visited every corner of Greece for more than a month. I can confirm that the bleak of Epidaurus is the best preserved in Greece. Great emotion and amazement at this wonder.
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  • a splendid mythical place under supervision of a too rigid and zealous vigil on his whistle at 12 euros entry is largely on estimated with respect to the site and the feelings
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  • Greek for lovers. Upon a good bicycle tour we hit that place. We cannot always bike. So we made something good in terms of culture. Recommended for real Greek lovers. Worse to go!
  • Try to avoid the busy hours, if possible, to fully enjoy and absorb the sacred energy of the place, with the least amount of distraction.
  • Amazing Theatre, a testimony to Ancient Greece glory and famous holistic methods of healing. It is located in a beautiful area.
  • Opening hours are changing for off season. In november it's closing 5:00 p.m. From that time there are dogs inside, protecting the area. ;) so you must be really quiet, if you want to see the theatre anyways.
  • Well preserved amphitheatre, even the acoustics work (or have been restorated).