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Asclepio of Epidaurus


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The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
tel: (+30) 27530.22.009

Opening hours
winter:
from 1/11 to 31/3: 08:00 - 18:00

summer:
from 1/4 to 30/10: 8:00-20:00

* Due to possible changes of opening hours please contact for exact hours.
Archaeological sites, museums, monuments

The sanctuary of Asclepius with its thermal springs dominates between Tithio and Kinortio hills.. For many centuries was a cultural and political center of great blaze. Here the king of Epidaurus Malos established a sanctuary for God Apollo Meletea and afterwards his granddaughter, Koronis after her holy mingle with the God, gave birth to God Asclepius.

Thousands of sick people pass the gates of this sanctuary in order to heal from God Asclepius....Here you will see the famous Theatre of Epidaurus

Between Tithio and Kinortio hills that took their names from a goat and a guard dog, who saved little Asclepius from starve and wild animals, extend to a magic peaceful place of the ancient Asclepius with the thermal springs and nature.

The sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus took a great fame and was the most important healing center of this era. From here the Medica began to rise and God gave the knowledge to people and afterwards extend to the rest of 300 Asclepia that were in the greek and roman area.

The love of Medica in this place did not start from Asclepius. Centuries ago, from 16th until 11th b.c at Kinortion hill behind the ancient theatre there was an unusual big sanctuary in where they used to worship a Godess that was related to healing.
At the same hill at 800 b.c according to the myth, the king of Epidaurus, Malos, established a sanctuary of God Apollo Meletea and afterwards his granddaughter, Koronis after her holy mingle with the God, gave birth to God Asclepius.
Thousands of sick people pass the gates of this sanctuary in order to heal from God Asclepius...
During 6th century b.c the fame of God Asclepius was all over the place and  as a result to built a second holy place 1km southwest, the well known as it is today Asclepio.
At the healing ritual great weight was given at the healing importance of the water. At the following centuries the fame of the sanctuary was constantly expanding even though the disasters that was put into during the roman years, continued working until the formal stop of ancient religion at 426 b.c by the Great Theodosios. During  522-551 a.c the place was destroyed several times from catastrophic earthquakes that was the result of abandonment the place.

At 1881 the excavatios began by the archaeologist Panagi Kavadia and continued through the next years, brought to the light the magnitude ( megaleio) of the sanctuary of Asclepius.

In this sanctuary, beginning with the archaeological museum, we find firstly the " Xenona" and " Loutra Exagniseos", afterwards the "Gymnastirio" that in its yard the roman "Odeion" was built. Northern the emotions are magnified  at "Katakluseos room" of the patients.
Further down the " Stoa of Kotios", the temple of Artemis and exactly after that the magnified sanctuary "Temenos of Asclepius" with its worship place. Next to it the "Avaton", where the patients were passing the night, waiting from God to show them in their sleep the way of healing. In front of it, " Tholos", a circle shaped mysterious building.
On the left side of "Roman baths", "Iera Odos", "Propulon" and the remainings of the first christian church. Lastly, across of it the marvelous hellenistic "Palaistra", the "Stadion".
The attention steals the biggest of the sanctuary, the world famous Ancient Theater.

Source: Region of Peloponnese

Accommodation


For your stay in Argolida and several areas close to Asclepio of Epidaurus, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Nafplio, Argos, as well as in many other areas close to the Asclepio Epidaurus, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.


Access


By car:


Access to Argolida is easy by car through the existing road network. The time that you need to get there from Athens is 90 - 120 min by car.
The best way to explore Argolida and discover its nature and archaeological sights is to have your own vehicle.
It is worth visiting places where local tranportation and organized tours do not reach.

Distances for the Archaeological Site of Epidaurus :
From Athens: 138 km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από το κέντρο Αθήνας (πλ. Συντάγματος) στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε
From Patra: 197 km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από την Πάτρα στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε
From Ioannina: 405  km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από τα Ιωάννινα στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε
From Sparta: 147  km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από τη Σπάρτη στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε

By bus:


Argolida has regular daily Ktel buses that connects with Athens  and other areas of Argolida.


Nauplio: 27520.27.323
Athens: 210.51.34.588
Argos: 27510.69.323
Kranidi: 27540.21.218
Isthmos: 27410.83.000
Galatas: 22980.42.480


By train:


For destinations to Argos, Nafplio and Mili. Information (OSE), Athens, tel: (+30) 210.51.24.910

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


Entertainment


For your entertainment in Argolida, you will find many restaurants, taverns, cafeterias,  with excellent service and variety of products and services.
Argolida consists of many traditiona, simple but also luxurious places where you can have any type of food you want.


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