12 05 Epidaurus and Nafplio
We got an early start towards the city Epidaurus. There is a famous ancient theater that is the best preserved in Greece. The acoustics in the theater are so great that you can hear a coin drop in the top row. We also saw some excavation and reconstruction work going on with the temples there. In ancient times people visited this place for its healing properties. After Epidaurus we then went to the Palamidi Fortress, one of the modern sites on our trip (seventeenth century). Many said this was one of the best sites we've seen in Greece so far. For over an hour we walked the grounds, over large rocks, walking over steep ledges and through every dark nook and cranny we could find. All of this climbing and hiking was worth it though because the view of the sea was fantastic. Also visible from this site was Bourtzi Fortress out on an island in the bay near the city of Nafplio. We then went back to the hotel for the afternoon and evening where we had some more free time to do as we chose, hopefully getting plenty of rest and relaxation.
The perfectly placed Theatre of Epidaurus.
Katie and Abbey sing a duet at the center of the stage, while we listen from above.
Up in the cheap seats in the theatre, where the sound and view are still good.
A statue of Asclepius, God of Healing.
In contrast to the excellent condition of the nearby theatre, the rest of ancient Epidaurus is mostly at weed level.
Class picture in part of the Palamidi Fortress in Nafplio. Origially built by the Venetians in 1714, the fortress was overrun by the Turks a year later. Nafplio itself served briefly as the first capital city of modern Greece after the Turks were thrown out, in 1827.
Katie, Abbey, Aaron, and Kristen along one of many parapets in the fortress.
Climbing some more.
More from inside the Palamidi Fortress.
Lindsey, Kristen, Kevin, Swing, Lauren, and Angie enjoy the heights.
A view of the Argolic Gulf, with Acronafplia and Bourtzi, the small island fortress.
Exploring the nooks and crannies of Palamidi Fortress.