Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidavros

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  • The famous theatre was part of one of the most famous shrines of antiquity, dedicated to Esculapio, god of medicine. The complex included reception sites (hotel/sleep), accommodation and performances (the theatre, the stadium and, in Roman times, a covered theatre), service facilities (spa facilities) and places of worship (places to eat meals after sacrifices, temples and altars dedicated to various deities, including Esculapio, Igea, Artemis and Apollo). The most interesting building is the one intended to meet the faithful with the god during sleep. After a preparatory ritual they fell asleep and hoped to be visited - and healed - in a dream by the god. The priests were also doctors, as evidenced by the tools found in the excavations. Compared to other sites in the surrounding area, the epidauria shrine is a tourist destination (admission 12 euros for the famous theater, the archaeological area and the museum) and the area is equipped with facilities. Along the road leading to the ticket office you will meet bars/restaurants, bathrooms, the official souvenir shop but, above all, a drinking water fountain. This site does not coincide with the ancient city of Epidauro, whose remains (including a less famous theater) are located on the sea a few kilometers away, in a very green and evocative place.
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  • Most of the asclepian artefacts are in Athens so don't expect too much from this place.The ears I specially wanted to photograph are plaster  more »
  • A nice place to visit. So close to the ancient historical site. Try not to visit there on midday or otherwise you will be burnt under the sun.
  • The high level medical care in the ancient times, and not only, the recovery it's been concluded through the landscape. The place selected very carefully, for the peace of mind and soul.
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