| ancient constructions, the presence of museums showing these manifestations and important findings is something that Epidaurus cannot lack of.To begin with, the Archaeological museum was built between 1902 and 1909.|
It is located near the theatre, and counts on an important plaque that declares the Archaeological site of Epidaurus as part of the World Heritage.
The man who built this museum was responsible for the excavations in this town, so the idea for the museum was to exhibit and preserve the findings that came to light from this excavation. However, some of these pieces are reproductions of the original ones that are found in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Some of the main findings displayed at the museum are the building inscriptions and hymns, many of them related to Asklepios and his miraculous cures. Most of these inscriptions are placed in a special hall. Asclepios is widely present in many ancient elements, a fact that reflects the popularity of this cult in this town.
|| details about the main cures of those times.
The second room has an imposing reproduction of a statue of Asklepios and the reconstructed colonnade of the healing centre entrance, which was also known as a sanctuary.
Finally, the third room reproduces some parts of the temple of Artemis, including its pillars. It also has the Tholos, built by Polykleitos, the architect of Epidaurus theatre.
According to tradition,this construction was dedicated to Asklepios. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in the 6th century due to an earthquake.
|| others in a special room destined for this purpose. |
Another interesting display of the museum are the fossils belonging to Epidaurus, and other places in Greece as well, along with a wide range of minerals found in the area of Laurio, and a collection of ancient ammonites dating to 240 million years ago.
Apart from all the important objects, architectural parts, and various reconstructed pieces, this museum provides a lot of information that allows a better understanding of the legacy of this place. Usually, visitors find this visit very interesting, as it helps them appreciate and get in touch with Epidaurus and its precious tradition.