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“A marvel of natural acoustics!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Epidaurus Theater

Epidaurus Theater
Palea Epidavros, Epidavros, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Epidavros
5.0 of 5 stars 479 Reviews
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Cultural
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Owner description: An ancient Greek theater built in the third century.
Toronto, Canada
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“A marvel of natural acoustics!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

When you finally enter the Theatre, you realize how immense it is with a seating capacity of 45000 people. You can watch an ancient tragedy performed in the evening, it's so magical to watch a show in such fantastic venue. The acoustics of this theatre are phenomenal. Try to throw a coin in the centre on the marble stone and have a person at the very top will hear it loud and clear! You can also whisper to your loved one, and he or she will have the same effect. A lot of people choose to sing as well.

Visited May 2013
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“Why can't we sing?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The highlight of our holiday used to be a trip to this theatre. We used to practise a song to sing, then wait our turn as different nationalities would sing, play an instrument or recite poems. Sometimes there were choirs or orchestras. It was magical. However the authorities now say it is disrespectful and blow whistles at anyone attempting to entertain the crowd. Now all you hear are tour guides clapping to show off the acoustics and whistles being blown!
They don't mind people smoking or throwing litter though!
What a shame!

Visited June 2013
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63 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“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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