The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Epidavros

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The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is a theatre in the Greek city of Epidaurus, located on the southeast end of the sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. It is built on the west side of Cynortion Mountain, near modern Lygourio, and belongs to the Epidaurus Municipality. It is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre with regard to acoustics and aesthetics.
According to Pausanias, the ancient theatre was constructed by the architect Polykleitos the Younger. Pausanias praises the theatre for its symmetry and beauty. At a maximum capacity of 13,000 to 14,000 spectators, the theatre hosted music, singing and dramatic games that were included in the worship of Asclepius. It was also used as a means to heal patients, since there was a belief that the observation of dramatic shows had positive effects on mental and physical health.
Today, the monument attracts a large number of Greek and foreign visitors and is used for the performance of ancient drama plays. The first modern performance conducted at the theatre was Sophocles's tragedy Electra. It was played in 1938, directed by Dimitris Rontiris, starring Katina Paxinou and Eleni Papadaki.
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  • "Théâtre d'épidaure" is a very well preserved antique site. The building is 500 metres from the "sanctuary of Asclepius".
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  • It's just magic, it's a miracle unbelievable. It is worth visiting and the entrance is only €12
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  • On 18th of May unbeatable value!!! Zero €! Aim for free admission days as there are very few things to see, to short of a visit to justify 12 euro regular price... Done in less than two hours... Theater itself is only piece worth the time. The rest is the same as any other forum/temple/citadel but many others have much more value...
  • Only 3 stars because the experience of this amazing place is extremely destroyed by screaming school groups and loud people. This theatre is amazing and beautiful and known for its amazing acoustics, but you can’t even experience that because of the noisy people. Would be nice if the staff at the entrance would remind people to stay quiet.
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