Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Greece
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Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Hidden in the hills of Epidaurus about 160 kilometres from Athens, lies the ancient theater 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 cavea, or the auditorium, an ascending row of seats in a semi-circular shape. It is an engineering marvel built into the hillside with such precision that the theater has both perfect acoustics and an optimal structure for better viewing. The theater was dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius. Since 1954, the theater has welcomed drama and music performances from several famous Greek and international actors.