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“Must see!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eleusis

Eleusis
Eleusis Archaeological Site | Elefsina, Athens 192 00, Greece
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Ranked #107 of 178 Attractions in Athens
3.5 of 5 stars 21 Reviews
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Must see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

As far as antique sites are concerned, Eleusis is top of the list. It is the home of the worship to Goddess Dimitra (Demeter or Ceres in Latin), a symbol of Mother Nature and the circle of seasons. Her daughter Persephone had to spend part of the year in the underworld, near her husband Ades, god of the dead. So, look out for the Ploutonion (other name of Ades was Pluto), a cave through which she was supposed to disappear in the world of the dead. The Museum has invaluable objects (burrial offerings in childrens' graves are really amazing, don't miss the terracotta baby boots or the feeding bottles!).

The little church in the archeological site is dedicated to Our Lady of the Harvests :-)

As far as the surrounding area goes, well one can't miss the tragic destiny of this holy place, now surrounded by factories (rf. N.Gatsos Poem & M. Hadjidakis Song sung by Melina Mercouri: The Nighmare of Persephone).
Negative point: opening hours, from 8:00am to 15:am.
Entrance 4 euros March 2013 Children, students, seniors free,

Visited March 2013
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“Take part in the ancient mysteries.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The Sanctuary of Eleusis was dedicated to the Goddess Demetra, the Goddess of Agriculture and the Earth. Demetra is a paraphrase of the word "Ge Meter" meaning "mother earth", so it used to be one of the oldest deities in Greek religion. The mysteries that took place within the sanctuary were secret and known only by the ones who were members of the Eleusis religious society. So, we do not know much about them. What we do know is that the participants would walk from Athens to Eleusis through the "Hiera Odos" or holly road, and then take part in the mysteries which lasted for days. At the end of the mysteries, they emerged from the sanctuary reborn and devoid of any fear of death and the afterlife. It was said that they used to travel to the underworld and come back knowing what happens after we die. Today, the ruins are not so well preserved but one gets a taste of what they used to be like.

Visited November 2012
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“A hidden gem in Eleusis!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Not many tourists are aware of the Eleusinian archaeological site. This place has a magic even in the air you breathe. Read about Eleusinian Mysteries before getting there of course about the 12 Olympus gods so that you have a clue of the history of the place. THere is also a beautiful small chapel. At night, you can sit at a cafe and enjoy the view of the site elegantly lighted.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Very nice place although it is not well preserved it still keeps some of the old secrets of its past cult history!!

Visited July 2012
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“Eleusinian mysteries...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

This is an archaeological site not known to many people or tourist guides. Of course everyone knows about the Eleusian mysteries and Godess Dimitra, however the whole town has been degraded due to the extensive development of factories in the area. We were toured by an experienced historian and had a wonderful time! We also had a coffee at a place overlooking the archaeological site and the view was astonishing! Eleusis has also a really nicemarket and good places for fresh fish.

Visited May 2012
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