Epidaurus was a major city in Ancient Greece famed as a centre for healing. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Epidaurus thrived as a sanctuary devoted to the healing deities including Apollo, Asklepios and Hygeia and contained hundreds of spas, the remains of many of which can be seen today.
The main sanctuary area, called the Asklepieion, contains two such spas where a variety of healing rituals took place, including hypnosis. This was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. There is also a shrine to Asklepios and the remains of rooms for patients.
Probably the most impressive of the sites at Epidaurus is the fourth century BC theatre, which was built to accommodate approximately 15,000 people and still extremely well preserved.
Whilst most of the sites at Epidaurus were constructed in the fourth and fifth centuries BC, when the city was at its peak, some of them date back as far as the Mycenaean period and others were also adapted later by the Romans. The theatre is one example of such refurbishments.
Overall, Epidaurus is an absolutely vast, fascinating site set over three levels and offering an insight into Ancient Greek life. There is also a nearby Epidaurus Museum, exhibiting artefacts from its excavation. This impressive site features as one of our Top 10 tourist attractions in Greece.
Ancient Epidaurus is located slightly south of the modern town of Epidavros in the Peloponnese in Greece. By car from Athens, take Route 8 (partial toll road) towards Korinthos for around 40 miles then exit B towards Epidavros. Turn left onto Komvos Isthmou, continue onto Korinthou-Epidavrouand follow the road for a further 30 miles. The site is just south of Epidavros.
Epidaurus is open daily, 8:30am-10pm (to 3pm on national holidays). Closed 1 Jan, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25-26 Dec. Entry costs €6 for adults. There is a €9 combined ticket for the archaeological site and museum together. Discounts available and there are also “free days” (see official site).
Epidaurus, Asklipio, Near Epidavros, Greece
+30 27530 22009
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