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Asklepieion of Athens

Last Update: May 2014
Archaeological site, Cultural heritage ACROPOLIS , ATHENS , GREECE
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street 11700 ACROPOLIS , ATHENS , GREECE
Tel.: +30 210 3224625
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Opening hours:
01Apr - 31Oct Mon-Sun, 0800-2000
01Nov - 31Mar Mon-Sun, 0800-1500

Asklepieion of Athens - Photo Gallery

Asklepieion of Athens - Overview

To the west of the Dionysiac 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.

Asklepieion of Athens - Map

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  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 210 9238175, 210 9238724, Fax: 210 9239023, Email:  
    1st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, 2-4 Makrygianni Street, Athens

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Visiting Information • Admission fee • Fixed hours • Organized archeological site
Ancient sanctuary • Asclepieium / Classical period, 480-323 BC

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