Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus 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.
The Little Theatre of Epidaurus
The Little Theatre of Epidaurus: The Little Theatre of Epidaurus is placed in an area called Nisi, near the port of Palea Epidaurus. It used to be the theatre of the ancient city-state and, apart from drama performances, it also hosted religious and political celebrations. This theatre was discovered in the early 1970s, under a field of olive trees and its restoration process continues till today.
Its construction started in the 4th century B.C. and was originally built to cover the needs of this small city-state, so its size was not big. It had 9 tiers and 18 rows of seats and could host about 2,000 spectators. Some seats have inscriptions which show that the theatre was dedicated to god Dionissos and was built in sections.
This theatre was totally reformed in the Roman times: the orchestra became semi-circular and the seats were reordered. However, it is believed that the small theatre of Epidaurus was in function for only seven centuries since its construction, because the historian Pausanias, who visited the area in the middle of the 2nd century BC, didn’t mention anything about it. Today, an old, two-storey house is preserved in front of the theatre’s orchestra.
After several excavations and much restoration work performed over the last decades, the Epidaurus Little Theatre hosts today the annual Greek Festival, celebrated in summer with music, dance and theatre performances. There are seats for 800 spectators and work is done to restore more of them. The performances are mostly held in modern or ancient Greek. Source: www.greeka.com
Close to the coast of Palaia Epidaurus, diving lovers have the opportunity to explore the remains of a sunken city; You will see Mycenaean tombs of the 12th century BC, walls, foundations of buildings, amphoras and paved areas. It is located at a depth two meters in the shallow waters of Kalymnios beach! Video
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
In a small valley in the Peloponnesus, the shrine of Asklepios, the god of medicine, developed out of a much earlier cult of Apollo (Maleatas), during the 6th century BC at the latest, as the official cult of the city state of Epidaurus. Its principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre – considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – date from the 4th century. The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times. Link
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Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
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.
- THE MYCENAEAN ARCHED TOMBS OF ANCIENT EPIDAVROS : area of “Ag. Theodoroi”
- ACROPOLIS OF VASSA :On the hill of Vassa (where the Castle is located) was found a settlement (2000-1000 BC) which, due to its natural fortification, was also preserved during the Mycenaean years. Tombs with remarkable graces were found in the area.
- THE PYRAMIDAL CONSTRUCTION: an enigmatic building, to the area of Kampia, built with huge boulders, it is considered as one of the Pyramidal constructions of Greece.
- THE NEW EPIDAVROS CASTLE: an ancient built-up area, which was amplified during the Byzantine years and it was used as a castle, by the Venice domination