Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Theater of Epidaurus

The last stop on my tour of northern Peloponnesus was the great theater at Epidaurus. Able to hold 12,000 spectators, the theater was originally built so that sick people visiting the sanctuary and medical center there could enjoy laughter--the best medicine.

Epidaurus was originally built as a sanctuary of the god Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of healing and a son of Apollo. People would come from all over the Mediterranean to get help with their illnesses.

One of the coolest things about the theater is that all the way in the back row, you can hear a coin drop on the center of the stage, way down below. This is because of the special shape of the theater, and the great acoustics it provides.

Click here to see more of my photos of Corinth, Mycenae, and Epidaurus!

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