Asclepeion

Athens, Greece

To the west of the Dionysos theatre and quite close to the cliff of the Acropolis lies the Asklepieion, the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios dated to 420 BC. Functioning pretty much as hospitals, the asklepieia were of immense importance in ancient Greece, the most popular being the Asklepieion of Epidaurus. Besides the usual facilities for sheltering the pilgrims, the core structures of the Athenian complex were the temple of the god and the enkoimeterion (dormitory). That was a large two-storey stoa for the enkoimesis of the patients, a dream-like and rather hallucinatory state of sleep induction, practised in those shrines. While in hypnotic state, the patients waited to receive a dream vision of the god who would either give medical advice or even miraculously cure them. Votive offerings that came to light from the site often depict healed body parts. Characteristic examples are on display in the Acropolis Museum.

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Founded: 420 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Nicolas I (12 months ago)
We went about 6 in the afternoon. No queue at all and less heat. We spent about 1.5 hours in total. The views are magnificent and when you look at the Parthenon it is breathtaking.
Nola Dolan (12 months ago)
Amazing. Absolutely incredible. Definitely buy tickets in advance if you don’t want to wait in a 3 hour line. We already had our tickets and walked right in no wait, but there were huge lines. Lots of people, and some steps and cobblestones that are difficult in the rain for some people. Don’t miss the panoramic views also!
Daniel Hedges (12 months ago)
Definitely worth getting a ‘skip the line’ ticket online. This does only mean that you skip the queue to get a ticket, not the queue to get in so you will still have a wait. Morning through afternoon was busy, however in the afternoon from 5pm onwards it slowed down significantly - would be worth timing it so you are there around 8 for good lighting.
Elias Chelala (12 months ago)
Visiting the Acropolis of Athens was an awe-inspiring experience that exceeded all my expectations. As an avid history enthusiast, I couldn't have asked for a better way to immerse myself in the ancient world. The Acropolis is truly a treasure trove of architectural brilliance and historical significance. Upon arriving at the site, I was greeted by the majestic Parthenon, standing tall and proud. The sheer grandeur of this ancient temple is absolutely breathtaking. The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail in every aspect of its construction left me in awe. Exploring the ruins of this iconic structure was like stepping back in time, imagining the rich cultural and intellectual heritage it represents. Aside from the incredible ruins, the panoramic views of Athens from the Acropolis are simply stunning. Standing at the summit, I felt like I had the entire city at my feet. It's a perfect spot to take memorable photos and appreciate the breathtaking landscapes that blend ancient and modern Greece. In conclusion, the Acropolis of Athens is an absolute must-visit for anyone with an appreciation for history, architecture, and cultural heritage. Its significance to human civilization cannot be overstated. I left the Acropolis feeling inspired, humbled, and with a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the ancient world.
Ms. Cindy Pierre, O.P. (2 years ago)
Although it was extremely windy when I visited, the views and being at a site where so much important history took place was well worth the effort. Hold on to the handrails if you need to, but if you’re in Athens, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this majestic place!
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