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Epidaurus Amphitheater, Greece

From series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
Year: 4th century BC.

In Greece, one of the most interesting amphitheatres is located in Epidaurus. It was built in the 4th century BC and designed by Polykleitos. The ancient theater in Epidaurus is not only one of the oldest, preserved to this day, but is also one of the largest. It was originally designed for 15000 spectators. The history of the construction of the theater is very interesting. It was not built for bloody battles and executions.

Epidaurus Amphitheater, Greece In the fourth century there was a great Asklepieion in Epidauros. Thousands of people came here to be healed. The ancient theater was built for patients. Performances were considered to be one of the most effective therapeutic methods. Until the end of the 19th century the ancient theater was unknown to general public. It was discovered by an archaeologist Panagis Kavadias.

The archaeologist and his group conducted the researches on the territory of the ancient city in the period from 1870 to 1926. The amphitheater discovered by them was reconstructed a few years later. In 1938 the first performance 'Elektra' took place there. The main roles were played by Eleni Papadaki and Katina Paxino. During the Second World War theatrical performances were suspended, the arena was partially destroyed. After the war the amphitheater was renovated to the shortest deadlines. Since 1955, the antique construction in Epidauros is a permanent venue for the theater festival. The festival is always held in summer, in high season. To the beginning - Colosseum

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Nearest airports:
 »  Sparta Airport SPJ - in 84 km
 »  Kalamata Airport KLX - in 110 km
 »  Kithira Airport KIT - in 146 km
 »  Araxos Airport GPA - in 157 km
 »  Milos Island National Airport MLO - in 159 km
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Best hotels near Epidaurus Amphitheater

Avaton Hotel

Located in 2 km from Epidaurus Amphitheater
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Rooms: 16
Avaton rooms are air conditioned and simply furnished. They are equipped with a TV and fridge, and they all have a private bathroom. The seaside town … More: photo, rates and booking
Hani Inn

Located in 6 km from Epidaurus Amphitheater
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Rooms: 10
Accommodation at the Hani includes modern furnishings in bright colours. Each air conditioned unit includes a traditional fireplace, a TV and a work … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 7 km from Epidaurus Amphitheater
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All modern rooms and apartments enjoy a Saronic Gulf view from their balcony and come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. They … More: photo, rates and booking
Saronis Hotel

Located in 8 km from Epidaurus Amphitheater
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Rooms: 39
All rooms have a balcony and feature wooden floors and calming colours. Each is equipped with a TV and fridge. The modern bathrooms have bath or … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Epidaurus Amphitheater - Agistri Island

Take your child to Dragonera beach. It is beautiful pebbled beach on the west of Agistri. Here are not so many tourists, so you can swim and sunbathe in a secluded place. It is difficult to reach the beach, but its picturesque views won't leave anybody indifferent. This place attracts tourists with snow-white pebbles on the bottom, crystal water, and pine forest. Those children who prefer to have a meal after swimming will enjoy visiting Aponisos beach. It is a small secluded beach with several taverns on it. If your child wants to swim alone, visit Chalikiada and Skliri beaches. Scala beach is well known because of the cape, extending into a body of water. Moreover, you can go on a boat trip around the island.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Megalochori, the capital of the island. Megalochori means “big village” but it is known commonly as Milos. It is a modest village with the oldest houses and narrow streets. The Church of the Holy Apostles and Zoodochos Pigi are situated here. Moreover, all the street and houses are filled with the ancient spirit. Be sure to visit the local ethnographic museum in Limenaria. There are a lot of exhibits devoted to the life and traditions of local residents. There is a Byzantine Church of St. Nicholas in Aponisos and a place of old excavations close to it.
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