Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, Nafplio

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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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  • Small but very elegant. Good presentation and well informed staff. Many items from the area was nicely displayed. Some rather rear units to be seen. Available with wheal chair.  more »
  • One of the few museums that have access to information through the device free of charge. It was the first time that I felt the need to guide. The findings are sygkinitika and awe-inspiring. It is not enough to visit just once!!
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  • It is a pleasure to see that in this small town there is a small Archaeological Museum held up well and well cared for.
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  • It is a great museum with a very rich collection. You can travel through different time periods of Nafplio. Must See!
  • Really interesting little museum. Although the museum is on the second and third floors, there is a stairlift.
  • Kyriad Museum with impressive exhibits and booths eygenikotatoys.
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  • Very beautiful galleries with unique objects ...
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  • A very pretty square for coffee and walk!
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