The Archaeological site of Epidaurus sprawls over several levels in the inner Argolid Valley in Greece. The rocky heights are thinly covered with meager vegetation of the Mediterranean Scrub. One of the most pronounced sight of the Epidaurus is the Sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas....

Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus you gotta go here
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus you gotta go here

The Archaeological site of Epidaurus sprawls over several levels in the inner Argolid Valley in Greece. The rocky heights are thinly covered with meager vegetation of the Mediterranean Scrub. One of the most pronounced sight of the Epidaurus is the Sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas that overlooks the rest of the ruins. Further down, you will find the theater and finally the Sanctuary of Asclepios and its buildings that include a stadium, baths, and a gymnasium. The western shelf of the Argolid Valley is located at an altitude that falls between 320 meters and 330 meters.

The property occupies an area that equals 520,000 square meters and it was constructed as a tribute to the healing gods of Epidaurus including Hygeia, Apollo and Asclepios. Popular Greek legend has it that Asclepios was born of a romantic relationship between the god Apollo and the daughter of the King of Orchomenes.

In the 5th century the sanctuary was already renowned for miraculous cures that happened there as well as the games that were held here after every 4 years. From 4th century BC, Epidaurus entered a period of great prosperity when the Temple of Apollo Maneates and the majestic monuments of Hieron were built. The monuments of Hieron comprises of the temples of Asclepios, Tholos and Enkoineterion. At this 3 sites, the sick awaited cures with the baths off Asclepios being unrivalled in their healing powers

During the Hellenistic Epoch the Epidaurus continued to thrive despite the pillaging done by Sulla in 87 BC

Attractions

Below is an easy to read list of the attractions in the Epidaurus Valley:

  • The Theatre
  • The Temples of Artemis and Asclepios
  • The Tholos
  • The Enkoimeterion
  • The Propylaea

Greece is a country filled with ancient archaeological sites. Thanks to the good relationship between Greece and Roman Empire, most of the historic sites were left intact. It is only during the Ottoman reign that some pillaging of the sights was done. Greece largely avoided the vagaries of WWI and WWII and this is the reason why it is still a good place to go and learn ancient history.


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