32km (20 miles) E of Nafplion; 63km (39 miles) S of Corinth
The Theater of Epidaurus is one of the most impressive sights in Greece. Probably built in the 4th century, the theater seated -- and still seats -- some 14,000 spectators. Unlike so many ancient buildings, including almost everything at the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the theater was not pillaged for building blocks in antiquity. As a result, it is astonishingly well preserved; restorations have been both minimal and tactful. Some say that the theater's architect was Polykleitos, a native of nearby Argos, who gained fame as a sculptor and quite probably designed Epidaurus's round tholos. The entire sanctuary was dedicated to the healing god Aesclepius, and many of those who came here did so in hopes of a cure -- or to give thanks for one.
The village of Palea Epidaurus, a beach resort 10km (6 miles) from Epidaurus, is confusingly sometimes signposted ANCIENT EPIDAURUS; the theater and sanctuary are poorly signposted, but there are some road signs saying ANCIENT THEATER.
To confuse things further, Palea Epidaurus has its own small theater and festival. If you want a swim, Palea Epidaurus is the nearest beach -- but it is often quite crowded.