Epidavros and Sanctuary of Asklepios, Hellas Greece

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The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Peloponnese

We start from Athens and via the Seaside National Highway we reach the Isthmus of Corinth, where we will have our first stop, which will last for 10 – 15 minutes. The Isthmus of Corinth is about 6km long and connects The Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, separating Central Greece from the Peloponnese.

Our next stop is Epidaurus, with its majestic theatre, its wonderful museum and the temple of Asclepius, son of the God Apollo, where, according to Mythology he was born.

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as the best preserved ancient theatre in Greece in terms of its perfect acoustics and fine structure. It was constructed in the late 4th century BC and it was finalized in two stages. Originally the theatre had 34 rows of seats divided into 34 blocks by stairs and walkways. It is situated near the ancient sanctuary of Asklepios, a celebrated healing center of the classical world. It was used as a therapeutic and religious centre dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.

Today the sanctuary is an extended archeological site with interesting buildings. The theatre is surrounded by lush greenery, an integral part of the theatre itself. This famous ancient theatre distinguishes for its architectural symmetry and the great acoustics. Due to its incomparable acoustics the actors can be perfectly heard by all 15,000 spectators, as you can even hear the sound of a pin dropping. It is known from the antiquity until the present days for its size, the unique architecture and harmonious proportions. It was built by the architect Polykleitos on the side of a mountain and overlooking the sanctuary of Asklepius. This is a superb example of classical theater with an orchestra and the circular area between the seats and the stage. The highest distance of the concave is 58 metres, while the diameter of the stage is 20 metres. For centuries the monument remained covered by a slope of trees until the year 1881, when several excavations took place. As the theatre was built after the classical times, not a single original ancient drama had been presented there, but all performances were repetitions of classic plays. Since 1938, when modern dramas started to be presented again in the theatre, it has hosted hundreds of plays.

The famous Epidavria Festival, presently Athens Epidaurus Festival, begun in 1954 and it is held every summer with famous ancient dramas or modern plays. Over the years, the festival has hosted both Greek and foreign artists.

 

Trip duration: 7 hours.
Mercedes E class (1 – 4 people): €230
Minivan (5 – 7 people): please contact us
Minibus (8 – 11): please contact us

 

Notes

The vehicles are Mercedes E class with an English speaking driver.
The drivers are not professional tour guides, so they cannot follow you and are not licenced to guide you in archaeological sites and museums. The drivers know History and Mythology and can provide you with information concerning all sites that you visit. This knowledge is of adequate level. If you wish to have a guide we can appoint you to one and of course, this service comes with an extra charge.
Included in the price you will find all local duties, fuel, VAT, toll fees and the charge of luggage.
Drinks, refreshments, meals, admission tickets for the archaeological sites and museums are not included in the price.
The price concerns the vehicle and NOT each person individually.

 

Useful information

Wear comfortable clothes and trainers, also a hat and sunglasses. Photographing of the sites is allowed.

 

 

 


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