Photographer's Note

Epidaurus was a medical center of ancient Greece.
It was a place of worship of the god Asclepius, a healer and god of medicine.

Asclepius was the son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis, brought up by the centaur of Chiron, who taught him medical arts, and the snake became his symbol.
In Epidaurus, at the turn of the 4th and 3rd century BC, a magnificent temple was built, around the temple buildings were built for pilgrims from all over Greece who counted on curing their illnesses by Asclepius. One of the buildings, called "abaton", was a hospital where patients stayed waiting for a visit of the healing god. Because non-venomous snakes were kept in the temple, a snake, as personification of the god Asclepius, could visit the sick people at night.
The pilgrims left rich gifts in the temple, as well as votive figurines that you can see in the WS.

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