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“Fantastic restoration” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Epidaurus Theater

Epidaurus Theater
Palea Epidavros, Epidavros, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Epidavros
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Owner description: An ancient Greek theater built in the third century.
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“Fantastic restoration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Epidaurus Theater has been very well restored and gives the visitor a better idea of what one of these fantastic pieces of architecture really looked like before being stripped. I have visited this site four times and find something I missed each time I return. Oftentimes it is overrun by swarms of package tours, and some of them seem to come in waves - however if you sit in the cheap seats long enough you will find a break in the swarms and the theater will begin to reveal itself to you. You can literally hear a pin drop (ok a pen drop) from the acoustic center of the stage. If you can get past the opera singers and the karaoke stars, the resonance of a baritone is almost chilling. How did these people so long ago figure this stuff out? They didn't have a cell phone between them let alone an iPad. Architectural drawings? Who needed them! Well worth the visit - hang around long enough for the 'break' in the waves to fully enjoy the theater.

Visited June 2013
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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“Unique experience !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Its one of the highest accomplishments of the ancient Greeks with impressive acoustics which make tha theater suitable for shows even 2500 years after its construction ! if you go there with your friends put one of them in the center of the orchestra while you stand at one of the corners of the seats ! the acoustics are trully unique !

Visited August 2012
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Salzburg, Austria
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“best preserved ancient theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Epidaurus is probably the most important monument of the ancient Greek drama tradition. In combination with the, unfortunately, sparse remnants of the sanctuary of the healing God Asklepios, the place is for sure a must-see. But not only the archaeological site itself but also the spot is harmoniously bound with the monuments and in the summer you can enjoy the serenity of the location.

The museum needs some renovation and it is far from being fully equipped but it is decent. During the summer it is possible to book tickets for several performances of ancient Greek dramas, mostly performed in modern Greek, although international productions also take place. The performances are a meeting -point of the Athenian high society, and they may be often a bit crowdy but the experience of attending a dramatic play in the ancient theater is unique.

Visited August 2012
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Marathon, Greece
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“Best acoustics in Ancient Greek World! and more!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Go and visit preferably in early afternoon, before a performance that usually begins at 8 or 9 in the night. To experience the acoustics is sheer magic! Take your seats while there is still enough sunlight so that you enjoy the landscape behind the stage (skene in Greek). In ancient Greek theaters, this landscape is an integral part of the theater.
If you go during the day, visit the nearby healing center of Asclepieion.

Visited August 2012
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Westland, Michigan
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“Mean public servants”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Epidaurus theater is interesting and worth the travel to see it. I gave this attraction only three stars due to the people which are there to guard the site. According to the guide we were asked to test the acoustics of the place (which is phenomenal indeed). My wife started to sing a few words and immediately a lady which was there (guardian) came and in a rude manner told her to stop. It is not allowed to sing there. It was unpleasant and our group was offended by the guardian's behavior. After this incident we still were there when I saw two teenage girls posing on the theater’s stage; the same guardian came and with a high pitched voice she sent them away. I think that public servants in Greece should behave nicer with tourists who are the best source of revenue for their crippled economy. Over all it seems that the authorities do not care a lot to be nice and helpful for the tourists. Beside this The trip was amaising.

Visited May 2013
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