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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  • This is an interesting visit. The history on display here is amazing and it is worth the time to visit. It doesn't take long, or, if desired, you could spend a couple of hours.  more »
  • This museum is housed in a historic building on one of the main squares in the old city. It is fairly small but contains all kinds of wonderful artifacts, ranging from the Paleolithic to the Roman per...  more »
  • It's in the center of old nafplio on syntagma square.The building is old and beautiful.There are two floors with exhibits.  more »
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  • Fascinating exhibits from the local area dating from Neolithic times. Two unique exhibits you will not see elsewhere: large terracotta wine cooler; Mycenaean suit of armour with boars' tusks helmet. Stairway lift for those with mobility problems. Entrance fee €3 for EU seniors over 65.
  • A must see both in terms of collection and the building outside as well as the atmosphere is impressive
  • Small but nice museum
  • It is a great museum with a very rich collection. You can travel through different time periods of Nafplio. Must See!
  • Very good, could accommodate more archeological findings, mainly because of its rich history of Argolis.
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