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Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is located on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. The Sanctuary of Asklepios is dedicated to Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of medicine and healing. From the 4th century BC, Epidaurus became the most famous healing centre in the Greek and Roman world. The Sanctuary of Asklepios was devoted to the cult of healing. Several important buildings were nuilt, such as the Thymele of Epidaurus or Tholos, the Temple of Asklepios and a stadium and theatre. The theatre of Epidaurus is one of the prominent monuments of ancient Greece. The theatre was built in 340-330 BC. Festivals were held in honour of Asclepius, dramas were staged in the theatre and competitions were held in the stadium. Even today, festivals are held in the theatre of Epidaurus. It is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. The theatre of Epidaurus is known for its exceptional acoustics. Guides drop a pin on the stage floor and you can hear it hit the ground from anywhere in the theatre. The theatre of Epidaurus can accommodate about 14,000 spectators. There are several ancient sanctuaries in Greece, but the most famous are situated in Delphi, Epidaurus and Olympia. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

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Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is situated in southern Greece. The sanctuary is famous for its theatre, one of the...

The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is situated in southern Greece. The sanctuary is famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. The theatre of Epidaurus has also one of the few ancient circular stages in the world, the stage isb about twenty metres in diameter. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

  1. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is situated in southern Greece. The sanctuary is famous for its theatre, one of the...

    The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is situated in southern Greece. The sanctuary is famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. The theatre of Epidaurus has also one of the few ancient circular stages in the world, the stage isb about twenty metres in diameter. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

  2. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - The circular stage of the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus and the marble entrance gate on the western side of the theatre. There is a...

    The circular stage of the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus and the marble entrance gate on the western side of the theatre. There is a gate on both the western and the eastern side of the theatre. The gate on the western side was used by artists from Epidaurus, the gate situated on the eastern side was only used by artists from outside the city.

  3. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The ancient theatre of Epidaurus was built on the slope of a mountain, overlooking the Sanctuary...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The ancient theatre of Epidaurus was built on the slope of a mountain, overlooking the Sanctuary of Asklepios. The monumental structure is a magnificent example of an ancient Greek theatre. It is famous for its architectural symmetry and its perfect acoustics. The theatre had 55 rows of seats, divided into 36 blocks by stairways and walkways.

  4. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: A bench with an arm rest and a back on the first row of the theatre. These benches were exclusively reserved...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: A bench with an arm rest and a back on the first row of the theatre. These benches were exclusively reserved for important guests and dignitaries. Unlike other ancient theatres, the theatre of Epidaurus was not modernized during the Roman period in Greece, the theatre of Epidaurus retained it original form.

  5. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The theatre of Epidaurus was built in the 4th century BC. The Sanctuary of Asklepios was...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The theatre of Epidaurus was built in the 4th century BC. The Sanctuary of Asklepios was dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. From the 4th century BC, Epidaurus became the most famous healing centre in the Greek and Roman world. Several important buildings were erected at Epidaurus, such as the theatre.

  6. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is well known for its ancient theatre. The theatre is the best preserved monument at the...

    The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is well known for its ancient theatre. The theatre is the best preserved monument at the Sanctuary of Asklepios. For centuries, the theatre was covered by trees. It was excavated in 1881. Today, the ancient theatre is used for modern theatre plays, the Athens Epidaurus Festival has been held annually since 1954.

  7. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The theatre of Epidaurus and its circular stage viewed from the 55th row. The ancient theatre can...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The theatre of Epidaurus and its circular stage viewed from the 55th row. The ancient theatre can accommodate about 14,000 spectators, the theatre is well known for its exceptional acoustics. Guides drop a pin on the stage floor and you can hear it hit the ground from anywhere in the theatre, even from the highest row.

  8. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The restorated Tholos or the Thymele of Epidaurus, in the background the colonnade of the...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The restorated Tholos or the Thymele of Epidaurus, in the background the colonnade of the Abaton, the dormitory where ill and injured people slept. The Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus houses artifacts found during excavations at the site. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

  9. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: Restoration works on the Temple of Asklepios. The Doric temple was built in the 4th century BC and...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: Restoration works on the Temple of Asklepios. The Doric temple was built in the 4th century BC and dedicated to the Greek god Asclepius. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus houses several ancient buildings, such as the Temple of Asklepios, the Tholos or the Thymele of Epidaurus, an ancient stadium and an ancient theatre.

  10. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The remains of the Temple of Asklepios covered with sand to protect it from frost damage. The Doric temple...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The remains of the Temple of Asklepios covered with sand to protect it from frost damage. The Doric temple was six columns by eleven columns. The cult statue of Asklepios, made of gold and ivory, once stood inside the temple, this statue does not exist anymore. Archaeologists reconstructed one corner of the Temple of Asklepios.

  11. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - The stadium at the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus. The ancient sanctuary is situated on the Peloponnese, a large peninsula...

    The stadium at the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus. The ancient sanctuary is situated on the Peloponnese, a large peninsula in southern Greece. The buildings of the sanctuary were erected in a valley surrounded by wooded mountains. The sanctuary was connected to the ancient town of Epidaurus by a road. Large parts of this ancient road still exist today.

  12. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus - Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The Tholos or the Thymele of Epidaurus, on the right hand side the colonnade of the Abaton. There...

    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: The Tholos or the Thymele of Epidaurus, on the right hand side the colonnade of the Abaton. There are several buildings in the sanctuary, among the most important buildings are the Thymele of Epidaurus and the theatre. The Sanctuary of Asklepios served as a religious and therapeutic centre dedicated to the Greek god Asklepios.