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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.To visit The Great Theatre of Epidaurus and other attractions in Epidavros, use our Epidavros trip itinerary tool.
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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The Great Theatre of Epidaurus Reviews
We visited today, truly breathtaking. Even our teenagers were impressed and that was saying something. Quick tip for you, if you are travelling with under 25’s if you can show the ticket office a... more »
This was a well worth drive, it took us two hours from Athens and went with my wife and our four yr old son when was full of questions, the ancient ruins were a bit of a push for him, but the theatre.... more »
Do not miss this one in a lifetime opportunity. Amazing theater with great acoustics. Almost all the plays have over-titles. Go early, as been late here will not be appropriate. If you can, bring a small pillow to sit on as the seats can be uncomfortable.
The Greeks built something special here. If you have the opportunity to see it do not pass it up. 2400 years it has stood with perfect acoustics - simply amazing
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