Eleusina

Follow the ritual "mysteries" of Demeter & Persephone

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POST-BYZANTINE CHURCH OF AGHIOS ZAHARIAS

At the center of Eleysina, on the northern corner of Heroes -“Iroon” square, there is a small post – byzantine church devoted to saint Zaharias.

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ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES

"Three times blessed are those who having seen these rites go to Hades. For these are the only ones able to live there. The others have all bad things." wrote Sophocles one of classical Athens’ three great tragic playwrights, referring to the pilgrims of Eleusinian Mysteries.

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THE BRIDGE OF ELEUSINIAN KIFISSOS

Following the Sacred Way from Athens to Eleusina, there is a point, about one kilometer east of the entrance to the sanctuary of Demeter, which met the riverbed of the Eleusinian Kifissos or Sarantapotamos as it is called nowadays.

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APHRODITE'S TEMPLE

Unbelievable as it might be, the Eleusinians was not only connected with the cult of Demeter.

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THE GYMNASIUM - AGORA

On the east side of the Sanctuary, near the Sacred House and Mithraio, the foundations of a rectangular building that has been identified as the Agora or the Gymnasium, are still visible. Its construction, with a court rounded with colonnades and a propylon – gate, led its dating directly to the Roman Era.

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MITHRAION

Almost touching the polygon enclosure of the Sacred house some late remains from a “Mithraion” has survived.

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THE SOUTH GATE

In the Roman Era around 4th c. A.C. the opening of the south gate of the “Lycurgan enclosure wall” was reduce in width and a kind of passage was built in the interior part.

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AGELASTOS PETRA - MIRTHLESS - SULLEN STONE

Following the Processional Way, after the Plutonion, visitors can see a scaled exedra curved directly to the rocky hill. The whole structure has been dated at 4th c. B.C. due to the accuracy of the construction.

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THE POST-BYZANTINE CHURCH OF THE ARCHAELOGICAL SITE

Walking through the Processional way, we can see a small church built on the rocky hill of the sacred cave of the Ploutonion. The locals called it “Panagitsa” and is devoted to the Virgin Mary.

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THE KALLICHORON WELL

On the northeast corner of the Greater Propylaia or on the south of the Roman Court, the Kallichoron well consists one of the most holy structures of the whole shrine. According to the Homeric myth, here rested Demeter, when she first came to Eleusina searching for her daughter, Persephone.

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THE ROMAN COURT

Passing through the entrance of the archaeological site and crossing the last part of the Sacred Way, we find ourselves in a large court that lies in front of the outer northern entrance to the Sanctuary of Demeter.

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THE SACRED WAY - HIERA ODOS

The ancient road connecting Athens with Eleusina was named Hiera Odos – Sacred way, because the sacred procession of the Eleusinian Mysteries which followed its nineteen kilometers route. It was the one and only road which besides Eleusina and the whole Thriasian plain connected Attica with Peloponnesus. Alongside Hiera Odos, there was a multitude of Sanctuaries, various monuments and graves from which very few have survived until today.

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Arts & Crafts

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AESCHYLUS FESTIVAL

From June to October, visitors of Eleusina have another important reason to visit the city! This is “Aeschylus festival”, a brilliant international institution, in honor of Aeschylus, the father of ancient Greek tragedy who came from Eleusina.

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THE INDUSTRIAL MONUMENTS HOST THE AESCHYLUS FESTIVAL

The old, inoperative industrial facilities such as Kronos and the Soap factory are alive memories for the time that they were in function. 

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THE SHIPYARDS

Located in Eleusinas’ gulf, almost ten nautical miles from the port of Piraeus, the shipyards of Eleusina dates back to 1962.

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THE DISTRICT OF THE GREEKS OF ASIA MINOR

Walking around Asian minor neighborhood of Eleusina there is a small cubin house that surely catch your attention!

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THE CHIMNEY OF IRIS FACTORY

If the industrial face of Eleusina had a symbol, Iris’ chimney would be the best-suited choice! Iris was the first chemical factory in Greece which produced color paints and type of varnishes based on pine resin.

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PANTAZIS QUARRY

Standing in the middle of the city, still grand and imposing, pantazis quarry is definitely an important piece of city’s history. The old quarry, among many standing witnesses as the derelict plants of the city, is the most representative sample of the non-stopping cruelty labor.

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KRONOS DISTILLERY

If you want to be familiar with the industrial heritage of Eleusina, Kronos distillery could be the most representative place to visit! It’s not a typical plant sample, as its architectonical design makes the difference!

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CULTURAL CENTER "LEONIDAS KANELLOPOULOS"

The name Leonidas Kanellopoulos is a milestone for the city of Eleusina and generally for Greece. 

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OPEN AIR CINEMA - ELEUSINA FILM CLUB

"The seventh art", as Ricciotto Canudo an Italian film theoretician named the art of cinema, couldn’t be absent from city’s culture.

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ELEUSINA THROUGH THE EYES OF A COLLECTOR

Imagine that you join the puzzle pieces together to reveal the final picture! That’s what a collector does through his collection! He can narrate a story piece by piece based on facts.

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Experience

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ELEUSINA

Visiting the museum of Eleusina, you will have the chance to travel into Eleusina’s distance past through the six different convention halls.

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ELEUSINA NAUTICAL CLUB

Water, sun and wind! It’s the perfect combination for a sailing lesson in Eleusina Nautica club!

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PSATHA BEACH

In a distance less than sixty kilometers from the city center of Athens and forty kilometers from Eleusina we can find Psatha beach!

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FOLKLORE FESTIVAL

If you visit Eleusina on June, the folklore festival will be the best way to get familiar with its tradition! The institution is an alive, multifaceted expression of city’s heritage!

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PROJECT: SEASIDE TOWN / RECONSTRUCTION

Into the general ambiance of city’s redevelopment, there is a great project concerned the reconstruction of the coastline. Τhe latter consist of the semi-face of Eleusina while is both a waterside and a lowland city. 

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POST-BYZANTINE CHURCH OF AGHIOS ZAHARIAS, SEROES SQUARE

At the center of Eleysina, on the northern corner of Heroes -“Iroon” square, there is a small post – byzantine church devoted to saint Zaharias. A sightseeing walk of the city should definitely include this church!

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OLD RAILWAY STATION

Live a deja-vu experience by visiting the old railway station of Eleusina! Its unique architectural design combined with the total aura of the place causing the impression that the train should arrive any minute!

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TITAN FACTORY

An alive myth for the city of Eleusina is the centennial Titan, the first cement factory of Greece. 

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THE CITY OF ELEUSINA

The city of Eleusina is situated twenty kilometers far from Athens. It extends in 20.000 square meters and it has 30.000 residents according to the last census.

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PORT OF ELEUSINA

Through historical sources we know that a port was the main reason for a city’s development!

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THE OLD SOAP FACTORY AND VOTRYS

Toward the coastal line we can see the remains of the old soap factory and Votrys, two different industries established in the same location!

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THE MODERN HOUSE NEAR THE ARCHAELOGICAL SITE

A longside the south enclosure wall, on the outer boundary of the archaeological site, a modern house catches our attention. The sight of a modern house near the Sanctuary causes several questions especially when you realize that it’s not the museum of the site. What is the function of the house? Why is still standing near the archaeological site?

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Gastronomy

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MEGARA OLIVE GROVE | YOUGOCULTURE

Let’s start with a myth! It is about the conflict between goddess Athena and god Poseidon for the domination of Athens!

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LAZAROS' COFFEE SHOP

Drinking coffee in Greece is not just a habit! It’s a daily ritual that you can either enjoy alone or with friends! Eleusina has many accommodation options for any taste but if you want to hear a local opinion you should definitely visit “Odemision”.

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PISTACHIOS FROM MEGARA

The "Greek royal of dry nuts" or "the king of cashew family" are some well-known "nicknames" of the pistachio!

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Eleusina

A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour

Epidavros

Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour

Mycenae

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