There are few places in Greece where you can imagine so well the atmosphere of the Ancient days in an amphitheater as in Epidaurus. It's of course because the amphitheater is so well persevered, the acoustics are still excellent and the scenery is still spectacular. It's easy to sit and imagine what it must have been here in the days when the Greeks ruled the earth. Trust me, Epidaurus is worth the effort visiting.
Legend goes that the town was the birthplace of the son of Apollo: Asclepius, the healer. Not surprising in the ancient world, Epidaurus was a healing center (8km from the town center), one of the foremost in the Greek world.
In Roman times, even during the first years of Christianity in Greece and after the closing of the oracles, the healing center was in use until 5AD albeit as a Christian healing center.
The reason to visit Epidaurus these days is however not the healing center but the magnificent theatre which was designed and build in 4BC. It had 34 rows but when the Romans conquered the Greek world, they added another 21 rows.
A total of 15.000 people could fill the the theatre. The acoustics are so excellent that all spectators would easily be able to follow what happened on stage. This was the result of the very clever design itself.
The use of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and amplify high-frequency sounds from the stage. An amazing achievement.
The surrounding of the theatre is spectacular. The hills offer lush views to surrounding forest (or what is left of it).
The Asclepieion (healing center) and the amphitheater as of course UNESCO World Heritage monuments. There is a small museum with archaeological findings in the region. Admission is $4.
Getting there and stay
Epidaurus is located about 50 from Argos and Nafplion. There are frequent buses connecting both cities with Archea Epidaurus. Alternative you can take a day trip bus from Corinth or even Athens. It's a nice bikeride along the eastern Peloponnesus coast (though you won't see much of the sea) from Epidaurus to Corinth of about 40 km.
There are several hotels and campings in and around town. There is no need to rush through the ancient site as you have plenty of time to visit. Check Tripadvisor or Hotelscombined for the best hotels.
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