About Palaia Epidaurus

  In the Gulf of Epidaurus (Kolpos Epidavros) on the east coast of the Peloponnese, 11 Nm south of Korfos, there are two yacht ports available, the old and the new harbor. The old (Palaia Epidaurus) and most popular harbor resides in the ancient city. The new one (Nea Epidaurus) lays three Nm north of it.

The amphitheater
Ancient Epidaurus (also known as Epidavros) is a major tourist site and the highlight of the whole area which is infused with history. The famous ancient amphitheater (400 BC) is the best preserved of all ancient theatres in Greece. Due to its amazing acoustic quality its design has been copied all over the world. Even sitting in the highest seats you can hear a pin drop. In summertime, classic theater plays and concerts are still performed in the open air (14,000 seats). The theater is 20 km away from the port.

The ‘snake around a staff’, a distinguished symbol for doctors, has its origin here. According to mythology, a non-venomous snake was used in healing rituals. It crawled around freely on the floor in the dormitories where patients slept. These snakes were introduced at the founding of each new temple of Asclepius. Mythology reports Asclepius was able to wake the deceased out of their sleep. From about 300 BC, the cult of Asclepius grew popular and pilgrims flocked to his healing temples to be cured of their ills. Shedding its skin every year, a snake symbolizes a kind of rejuvenation. A statue of Asclepius is exhibited in the nearby museum park of Epidaurus.

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