If you’re visiting Greece, Athens and the Acropolis along with the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea are surely on your list. But one of the best places to visit in Greece is the Epidaurus Theatre.
Epidaurus is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece, reflecting its splendour and magnificence. Located on the north eastern side of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis, Epidaurus Greece is world famous for its Ancient Theatre. It’s about an hour and a half from Athens. Among all the ancient theatres, Epidaurus theatre is the most beautiful and best preserved.
The Epidaurus Theatre was constructed in the late 4th century BC to host religious ceremonial events in honor of god Asclepius, whose healing centre was located few steps away.
Famous for its symmetry and the incredible acoustics, this classical theatre is surrounded by lush greenery and gives nice view to the valley below. In summer, it hosts performances of ancient Greek drama.
The theatre is considered to be one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture. See it in person and it’ll take your breath away. From any view, whether you’re at the bottom or looking from above, you will be struck with awe at the amazing symmetry. The acoustics are almost perfect from any seat.
The Asklepieion at Epidaurus gained fame throughout the world for its unique healing practices. It was the 6th century BC when the work began on what was to become known as the cradle of medicine.
The ancient Greeks built a sanctuary for the ill. The sick would be purified in waters from a sacred spring, before they would go to sleep to meet with the gods in their subconscious. The deities would either cure them or give them instructions on the treatment they should follow.
Today its monuments are standing proof of the practice of medicine, and it was believed that healing depended on God. Archaeologists have discovered a large number of medical instruments at the site, which suggests the gods preferred to leave the hard work of healing to man, rather than always do it themselves.
Still, temples around the complex at Epidaurus show how much weight the ancient Greeks placed in the spiritual guidance. Epidaurus Theatre is one of the best places to visit in Greece – make sure to add it to your list!