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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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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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  • We were lucky to listen to a group of mainly disabled people playing with the sound effects, very moving  more »
  • This is an impressive 12,000 spectators hosting amphitheater with excellent acoustic. It is part of Epidaurus temple complex. We visited at 5:30 pm when most tour buses are gone and it's not so hot an...  more »
  • After over four decades working in the theatre, it felt like a pilgrimage to finally be in this famous and wonderful theatre, Walking onto the orchestra, one can feel the theatrical power of the space...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You feel the energy and the vibes from your first step in the theatre. Unforgettable experience!
  • 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.