On the western outskirts of Athens is the sanctuary of Eleusis, one of the holiest places in ancient Greece. The ruins of this ancient religious center are extensive and mainly of interest to travelers who are enamored with the sacred rites of the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries.
Only initiated citizens could attend the annual festival dedicated to the worship of the fertility goddess Demeter, but they were not allowed to disclose to others what actually took place during the rituals. The worship of Demeter at Eleusis lasted for a period of more than 1,000 years, until it was forbidden by the first Christian emperors of Rome. The site has a museum, the Temple of Propylaean Artemis, and Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore.
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