Tag Archive : Cult of elefsis

ELEFSIS was an ancient center of religious rites celebrating life, death, and rebirth.It resembles the year time cycle on earth. Here was the Sanctuary of Demeter, scene of the secret cult of the Elefsinian Mysteries of Demeter from 1500 BCE until 525 CE. There are extensive remains here from the Mycenaean era to the Roman, including the Anaktoron, the holiest part of the site, the Telesterion, a temple which held several thousand people during the rites, and the Plutonion, the cave of Hades, thru which Persephone returned to earth are the most important monuments.
The monastery at Daphni not far from Athens on the way to Elefsis has outstanding Byzantine mosaics.