Was a small city (polis) in ancient Greece, 160km south from Athens on the Saronic Gulf (Aegean sea).
Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer (God of medicine). Epidaurus was known for his sanctuary as well as its theater famous for its astonishing acoustics, which is still is in use today. The Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC.
The asclepieion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world, the place where ill people went in the hope of being cured (healing center, ancient hospital). Found in the sanctuary, there was a guest house for 160 guestrooms. There are also mineral springs in the vicinity which may have been used in healing.
The sanctuary at Epidauros was still known as late as the mid 5th century as a Christian healing center.

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