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Heritage: Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus to get a makeover
The sanctuary of the God-Physician Asclepius in Epidaurus, southern Greece, is to get a makeover, as part of a project that will be included in National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) funds for 2014-2020.

Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus to get a makeover
Theatre at Epidaurus [Credit: Protothema]

According to Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis, the budget for the project amounts to 5,650,000 euros. The purpose of the initiative is to make improvements to the landscape surrounding this important archaeological site, including the addition of a herb garden with healing plants, new pathways for tourists, kiosks that will provide information about the history of medicine and promote local agricultural products with healing properties, etc.

Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus to get a makeover
Restored section of temple of Asklepios, Epidaurus [Credit: Protothema]

Located in a small valley in the Peloponnesus, the shrine of Asclepius, comprises of three principal monuments, the temple of Asclepius, the Tholos and the Theatre – considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – that date from the 4th century.

Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus to get a makeover
Restored Abaton at Epidaurus [Credit: Protothema]

The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, is a precious testimony to the practice of medicine in antiquity.

Source: Protothema [December 18, 2014]