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Epidaurus was a small city of ancient Greece, aprox 27km East from Nafplio. Now two modern towns bear the name Epidauros, Palaia Epidauros and Nea Epidauros.
In the ancient Greece Epidaurus was a massive healing center for all the ill people. The healing had procedures in order for the people to reach a calm mentally state after daily activities around Epidaurus with the Theater and the Stadium and in the night would “meet the god” who would advise them on the treatment that they had to do in order to regain their health.
Epidaurus, with its supporting territory, formed the small territory called Epidauria. It is said that Epidauria was found or named by the Argolid Epidaurus and to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius the healer. Epidaurus was known for its theater, that is used even today for live performances, and for its sanctuary situated about 5 miles – 8 km from the town. The cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC, when the older hill-top sanctuary of Apollo Meleatas was no longer spacious enough.
Asclepius was the most important healer god of antiquity. The asclepeion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world. It was the place where ill people went with the hope of being cured. There was a guest house with 160 guestrooms, where ill people would spend their night in the enkoimeteria, and in the night the god would advise them what they had to do to regain their health.
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
The ancient theatre of Epidaurus was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC. The original theatre had 55 rows. It was originally 34 rows and then it was extended by another 21 rows in the Roman times. It seats up to 14,000 people. The theatre is very well-known for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spokes words from the skene of all the spectators, regardless of their seating.
The Ancient Stadium of Epidaurus
The Ancient Stadium of Epidaurus is 180m long and is the classic example of stadium that the ancient Greeks were using for the athletic festivals used to take place to honor the gods. The Stadium of Epidaurus was constructed in the 5th century BC to host the athletic games that were taken place every four years to honor Asklepius. In the beginning there were not seats for spectaculars but in the late 4th century the seats that you see today were constructed from limestone.
The Sanctuary of Apollo Meleatas
The sanctuary of Apollo Meleatas is located on a low hill on Mount Kynorton east of canctuary of Asklepios. At the beginning of the Late Bronze Age, an open-air altar was used where animals were sacrificed and votives deposited in the ash. Dedications include votive bronze double axes, bronze swords, and clay animal figurines. There is evidence for cult activity in the Geometric period.
Most of the structures on the site belong to the 4th century BC or to the 2nd century AD, when there was a major building campaign paid for Sextus lulius Major Antoninus Pythodorus, and aristocrat from Nysa, Anatolia and a Roman senator.
The Sanctuary of Asklepios
Asklepios was the protector of human health and personal happiness. It is said that more than 200 healing centers worked under Asklepios’ authorization throught the Easter Mediterranean area. Asklepios, who was the son of Apollo and Koronis, was established in the 6th century BC.
The two sanctuaries, one dedicated to Apollo Meleatas and the other one to Askepios, were subsequently known under the common name of Sanctuary of Apollo Meleatas and ASklepios.
Temple of Artemis
Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and was worshipped in the Asklepion of Epidaurus.
The Temple of Artemis is in the central area of the Sancuary of Asklepios. The temple was constructed of poros stone and limestone. On the outside was a Doric entablacture. The roof tiles , the simas and the acroteria were of Pentelic marble. There were also waterspouts in the form of a dog’s head, because the hound was Artemis’s sacred animal-companion.
The Sunken City of Epidaurus
The Sunken city of Epidaurus or the “Atlantis of Epidaurus” is located at the Kalymnios beach at the Palaia Epidauros. It is almost two meters under the water.
The Archeological Museum of Epidaurus
In the museum you will find numerus reconstructions of temples and architectural components mainly form the Asplepion. A reconstruction of part of entablature and Doric columns dated 380-375 BC, and reconstruction parts of the entablature of the Temple of Artemis 370-310 BC.
The museum has a substantial collection of inscriptions and Greek and Roman sculptures. The main collection of inscriptions has been housed in the special hall to the northeast of the main building since 1958 as has a storeroom for the sculptures, a pottery room and a restoration workshop. The museum has a plaster cast statue of Asklepios with a sacred snake curling up on his stick. Also is a marble headless statue, believed to be of the health goddess Hygeia, dated to the Hellenistic period and a statuette of a child.
Ancient Epidaurus Little Theatre
The Little Theatre of Epidaurus is located next to the port of the Old Epidaurus. The construction of this theatre started in the 4th century BC. It was constructed to host aprox 2000 guests, it had 9 tiers and 18 rows.
The Little Theatre was recently discovered in the early 1970’s. It was dedicated to god Dionissos. It is said that it was in function for seven centuries. Today it can host aprox 800 spectators.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE
*Free Admission Days:
- March 6th : In memory of Melina Mercouri
- April 18th: International Monuments Day
- May 18th: International Museums Day
- The last weekend of September: European Heritage Day
- Every 1st Sunday – November 1st-March 31st
**Reduced Admission For:
- Escorting parents on educational visits of primary schools.
- Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
***Free Admission For:
- Cultural Card holders
- Escorting teachers during educational visits of schools and institutions of primary, secondary and tertiary education and of military schools.
- Holders of a free pass
- Holders of a solidarity card
- Holders of a valid unemployment card
- Journalists upon presentation of their journalist identity card
- Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites, upon presentation of their certified membership card.
- Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and equivalent Chambers of member-states of the EU, upon presentation of their membership card
- Official guests of the Greek State, after approval from the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage
- Parents of families with three children and their children up to the age of 23 or 24 if they are students and regardless of age if they have disability, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality
- Parents of multi-child families and their children up to the age of 23, up to the age of 25 if they are doing their military service or studying and regardless of age if they have disabilities, upon presentation of a certified multi-child pass from the Supreme Confederation of multi-child parents of Greece (ASPE).
- Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort, upon presentation of the certification of disability issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certification from a public hospital, where the disability and the percentage of disability are clearly stated
- Single parent families with minors, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality. In the case of divorsed parents, only the parent holding custody of the children
- Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes, Military Schools or equivalent Schools of EU member states, as well as Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card
- The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.
- The police officers of the Department of Antiquity Smuggling of the Directorate of Security
- Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card
- Young people, up to the age of 18, upon presentation of their Identity Card or passport for age confirmation
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