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Eleusis is a town and municipality about 20 km NW of Athens. It is best known for having been the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the most famous religious center of ancient Greece. It was also the birth place of Aeschylus, one of the three great tragedians of antiquity.

ANCIENT ELEUSIS

In the Classical period of Greece, from as early as 1700 BC up to the era of the Roman Empire, Eleusina, or Eleusis, was the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, or the Mysteries of Demeter and Kore. These Mysteries revolved around a belief that there was a hope for life after death for those who were initiated. Traditionally in Ancient Greece there was no positive outlook of death, one would cross the River Styx and enter Hades. However, the Eleusinian Mysteries gave Greek speakers of that time a hope of a better life in Hades. Such a belief was cultivated from the introduction ceremony in which the hopeful initiates were shown a number of things including the seed of life in an ear of corn. The Mysteries are attributed to Demeter and her daughter Kore, or Persephone, and were created while Demeter searched for her lost daughter who had been abducted by Hades.

MODERN ELEUSIS

Today, Eleusis is the town where the majority of crude oil in Greece is imported and refined. The refinery nearest to the city is on its west side. The other major town is Aspropyrgos, next to the shipyards of Skaramagkas.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Telephone: +30 210 5546019
Open: from the 1st of November until the 31 of March: 8:30-15:00, Monday: closed.

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