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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  • August 17, 2017
    Definitely worth for to drive. The theater is pretty to look at. There are performances. We have not experienced it, but I would like to like to. Nice to move up to run and experience how good the acoustics are. You hear a pebble fall as clear as if it was near. Also you can hear the talk or sing as well! Very special. Go especially right in the middle on the stone and say something. You hear your voice like this.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Imposing monument of Greek culture and history, in a unique natural environment. Don't miss to visit.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Without many words, from the places you must visit in your life. Pity that here too the Greeks spoil the picture: in both refreshing kiosks operating in space just before entering, the waters always have finished! Three visits I have made, in different years and months (November, March, August) and always, the waters had just finished. They were, of course, natural juices, sorbets and other posima with gold prices ...
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  • July 4, 2017
    A truely magical place. This theater is over 2300 years old and yet you can here the drop of a small stone in the upper rows. It's fantastic! The prices are a little high though. 12 euros for a normal visitor, discounts for seniors and free entry for students.
  • July 5, 2017
    Contempleting this theatre I was amazed. It's amazing how so many years ago they thought to build such an amazing and perfect place. You can hear people talk even if you seat on the last seat.
  • April 12, 2017
    This is a must see. When we reached there, it was already closed, and our hotel was 45 minutes away but we came back the next day to visit it. I was so pleased we did. One if the most preserved Old theatres. Definitely worth a visit.
  • July 5, 2017
    You feel the energy and the vibes from your first step in the theatre. Unforgettable experience!
  • July 5, 2017
    This is a huge ancient theatre and the condition is thankfully good enough that it is not roped off. You can climb the steps and take a seat. This theatre, is in my opinion the only reason to visit Epidavros.

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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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