The Temple of Eleusis

We were nearly the sole visitors to the archaeological remains of Eleusis, where the Eleusinian Mysteries were celebrated in a temple to which access was restricted and which seated over 3,000.   All the remains and fragments of the several temples are rather arbitrarily arranged, piled up indiscriminately as if awaiting rearrangement one day – the remains of columns, inscriptions, a marble foot – all excavated some time ago and left evocatively in amongst the wild flowers:-

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4 thoughts on “The Temple of Eleusis

  1. mark fisher says:

    Dear Charles

    It’s been a daily pleasure to return to Greece with you over Easter.

    I love the Pellepponese (Naplion, Argos, Corinth et al) but don’t know Eleusis. Thank you for the introduction. Your photographs continue to be a complete joy.

    I’ve been waiting for you to head west to Mithras and Sparta. But perhaps next time?

    Your Blog is the most generous of educations.

    Fond regards

    Mark

  2. Thank you for the Argolid and Arcadia and I second Mark Fisher’s comments. Somewhat greedily, I was hoping you might get to Tyrins and the Archaeological Museum in Nauplion with the boar’s tusk helmet. Eleusis is certainly best seen in spring, but Mark, it is in Attica, not the Peloponnesus.

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