Ancient theater of Epidaurus in Argolis province, Greece
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Masterpiece of acoustic science. Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, Greece
Hidden in the hills of Epidaurus about 100 miles from Athens, lies the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. It’s the embodiment of perfect classical proportions applied to the performing arts. A well-preserved Greek theatre from ancient times, the massive open-air venue can host more than fourteen thousand spectators. The three main features of the Greek auditoria are the orchestra, a circular space used as the main stage, the skene or stage building used as a backdrop, and lastly the auditorium, an ascending row of seats in a semi-circular shape. It is a feat of engineering built into the hillside with such precision that the theatre has both perfect acoustics and an optimal structure for better viewing. The theatre was dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. Since 1954, the theatre has welcomed drama and music performances from several famous Greek and international actors.