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   The archaeological area of Eleusis.    The Sanctuary of Demeter in Eleusis

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Temple of Artemis Propylaia and the Father Poseidon

Temple of Artemis Propylaia and the Father Poseidon. The temple is of Doric structure , pentelic marble , dates from the second cent. BC

The Greater Propylaia

The Greater Propylaia. The Greater Propylaia was build by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius as a monumental entrace to the Sanctuary. It is an exact copy of the central section of the Propylaia of the Athenian Acropolis.


Telesterion. Initiation into the Mysteries took place in the Telesterion, a large hypostyle hall with seats on all four sides, where the initiates watched the rituals. The Hierophantes displayed sacred heirlooms, recited sacred texts, and conveyed to the faithful an optimistic view of life after death.

Lesser propylaia

Lesser Propylaia. From the decoration of the outer facade one Caryatid is displayed in the Museum, while the other is in Cambridge where it was taken in 1812. The grooves in the floor were cut to allow carriages to pass without causing any damage.


Plutonion. The area of the cavern recalls the entrance to Hades: it was associated with the abduction of Persephone by Pluto in the autumn and her ascent to earth again in the spring. The myth is connected with the fructification of the earth after the sowing of the seed, which was regarded as Demeter's gift to the human race. The temple of Pluto is Archaic in date but was remodelled on many occasions from the fourth century B.C. down to Roman times.

The sacred way

The sacred way. The Sacred way began at the sacred gate in the fortification walls of Athens, in the modern archaeological site of the Kerameikos, and ended at the Sanctuary of Eleusis.

Lesser Propylaia reconstrucion

Lesser Propylaia reconstrucion.

Well of the fair dances (Kallichoron)

Well of the fair dances (Kallichoron). This well has existed since very early times. According to myth, it was here that Demeter rested as she searched for her daughter Persephone. This was celebrated by a special festival with dances performed by maidens from Eleusis. The well-head was first made in the sixth century B.C. All later structures in the Sanctuary respected this sacred area.

Stoa of Philo

Stoa of Philo. The Stoa was built by the Eleusinian architect Philo in the Doric order.

Stepped terrace

Stepped terrace. Was created in Roman Times wit steps cut into the bedrock.


Sanctuary of Eleusis. Stairs to the Acropolis.


Bouleuterion. Bouleuterion. It was build in the 3rd cent. BC. and served the headquarters of the council of Eleusis.

The Lykourgan enclosure wall

The Lykourgan enclosure wall.

The Gymansium

Sanctuary of Eleusis. The Gymnasium.





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