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Palea Epidaurus is a lovely fishing village about 3 hours drive from Athens. It belongs to Argolida area and it is situated on the eastern part of Peloponnese. The historical legacy is related to mythology, as it is said to be the birthplace of Asklepios, the god of healing, son of Apollo. In fact, Epidaurus has the most popular health center of ancient times, called the Asklepieion.
During the 4th and 3rd century BC, this building was enlarged and reconstructed, as part of a Roman demanding program destined to monumental buildings. The project was successful and its benefits extended over the Hellenistic times.
Epidaurus Greece counts on some other characteristic monuments that also make it very unique. One of them is the Ancient Theatre, a monument whose magnificence remains until today. Just like the Asclepieion, the theatre owes part of its splendor to the Romans, since during their domination it received 21 more rows in addition to the 34 that already had.
Another advantage of this place is its acoustics, to the point that the voices of the actors do not need to be amplified, in spite of a 15.000 spectator capacity. No matter the location within the amphitheater, all spectators can hear the play perfectly.
Apart from the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, there is also another theatre in the area, the Epidaurus Little Theatre, which was is also used today to host musical and theatrical performances. However, the area of Epidaurus is not only famous for its ancient monuments, but also for its greenery and natural beauty.
The traditional villages of Ancient and Nea Epidaurus, the beautiful monasteries, the impressive gorges, and the lovely beaches dot the landscape. Ancient Epidaurus is a relaxing place that attracts a few tourists in summer. In winter, it is quiet and its inhabitants make their living from fishing and agriculture.
Nea Epidavros is a historical place for the Greeks, as this is where the First Institutional Meeting of the Greek State took place there in 1822. Above this village, there stands a ruined Medieval Castle.
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