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The ancient theater of Epidaurus is considered the finest ancient Greek theater in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. Located on the site of Asklepeion of Epidaurus near the village Lygourio.

The ancient theater was built between 340 BC and 330 BC by Argive architect Polykleitos the Younger as Pausanias says. The theater was built for the amusement of the patients of Asklepeion and as a remedy, because it was believed that the monitoring theater had beneficial effects on mental and physical health of patients. The ancient theater had a capacity of 13,000 spectators. It is divided into two parts. An upper part of 21 series of seats for the people and the lower part of 34 series of seats for the priests and rulers.

The ancient theater was discovered after excavations carried out by archaeologist P. Kavadias, under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society during the period 1870-1926.

A few years later, in 1938 staged the first performance at the ancient theater of Epidaurus. The play was the tragedy of Sophocles' Electra starring Katina Paxinou (Oscar nomination for "For whom the bells ring") and Helen Papadakis. The performances then stopped because of World War II. In the early 50's, the theater received restauration works to be able to accept large numbers of spectators and in 1955 inaugurated the Epidaurus Festival, which included performances at the ancient theater every summer. As part of the Epidaurus Festival Epidaurus have appeared on some of the greatest Greek and foreign actors and the famous Greek soprano Maria Callas.

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Christos Theodorou on August 2, 2012

Arkady Gloukhov - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Ivan Logvinov on August 10, 2012

Great architecture!
Like!
Warm greetings from Russia!
Ivan.

Christos Theodorou on August 11, 2012

ChiefTech - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Mehmed_ on September 14, 2012

Very nice shot L+F

Christos Theodorou on September 15, 2012

Mehmed_ - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

migman on November 4, 2012

En tu blog demuestras un gran dominio de la perspectiva. Felicidades.

Christos Theodorou on November 13, 2012

migman - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

b.e.r.n.d. on January 2, 2013

Also a great point of view, Christos. And I think, also a good point for sound/acoustic. I just watched the younger Amphi-Theatre of Pompei (79AC destroyed), near Napoli, so I have a suggestion about size. YSL and best wishes from Germany - Bernd

Christos Theodorou on January 2, 2013

b.e.r.n.d. - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best wishes and Happy New Year to all your family. Friendly greetings from Athens

normand richard on January 25, 2013

Hey! Christos, parle plus fort!

J'entend pas. :)

Salutation du Québec et ♥

Christos Theodorou on January 25, 2013

normand richard - Dans ce théatre, meme quand on murmure en bas, on est écouté en haut ! Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire – Amitiés d’ Athènes

Christos Theodorou on September 8

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Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens - Christos

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Photo taken in Ethniki Odos Isthmou Archaias Epidavrou, Epidavros 210 52, Greece
The Sanctuary, Museum, & Theater at Epidaurus

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