The Mediterranean Center for Rehabilitation in Loutraki
Much has been said and written about the treatment and healing of patients over the centuries, yet most derive from the writings of the Ancient Greeks. The Asclepeions, as is known, were the first hospitals or healthcare centers of Europe. Built as temples dedicated to the God Asclepius, the god of health and healing, pilgrims would seek refuge there for the spiritual healing, which was the healing of the time. As the ancient Greeks believed that the art of medicine was based on the divine powers of nature, the architectural design of the temples was of great significance. Water was held in great esteem as a symbol of cleansing and springs were considered to have great prophetic powers. Sunlight and good ventilation were also important for healing. Thus, the Asclepeion temples were built in areas surrounded by woods near hot or cold springs and designed in such a way that patients were warmed by sunlight while breathing fresh clean air.
For most people, the beautiful seaside town of Loutraki is known as a wellness town – famous for its geothermal springs, its Spa, sparkling sea and natural beauty. Since 2014, another entity has been added to enrich its reputation as a town of healing.