Archaeological Site and Museum of Eleusis

Archaeological Site and Museum of Eleusis

Archaeological Site and Museum of Eleusis
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Luis F
Capital Federal District, Argentina121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
If you like greek mythology then this is a must see. I suggest you read about the Eleusinian mysteries before your visit so that you can make the most of it. The museum is a little jewel, with an excellent display of objects and statues. Unmissable
Written 18 April 2024
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dolo53
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
New museum! Very interesting! Just half an hour from Athens! It’s the place of Demeter and her daughter Proserpina and the mistiria!
Written 6 March 2024
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Aimee P
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The museum is OPEN and it is high tech actually. The museum guard it opened in March 2023.

Because it was off season, I only paid 3 euro for the admissions fee which included the museum entrance! The museum was small (one floor) but has one of the most impressive sculptures (karyatid, basically a maiden as a column, in a highly well detailed, preserved condition of her face and jewely details). That was worth 3 euro alone to see. The museum even had digital simulations of all the buildings on screens that you can select to really imagine how it was like. The rest of the site is somewhat bare, you have use your imagination with the descriptions of each place.

Surrounding town in November 2023 was like a ghost town, hardly any shops opened for eating or otherwise.
Written 25 November 2023
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Rachel N
USA232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Visiting the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries was my #1 goal in Athens. The site is very cool but unfortunately much of it is roped off right now, seemingly for no reason, and the museum is also closed. It was still very nice to visit, though, especially as we were one of just two visiting couples when we dropped by.
Written 9 October 2022
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TravelingMamaB
Los Angeles, CA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
I’m particularly interested in mythology and ritual practices and as such, Eleusis is a must see. When I asked our tour guide about the importance of sites to ancient Greeks religiously, he listed three: Delphi, Delos, and Eleusis.

This is the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries which occurred every autumn for thousands of years. While there are mixed theories about what exactly happened as part of these rites, they were a fundamental part of religious life for ancient Athenians.

The site itself is under quite a bit of restoration/construction at the moment and the museum was sadly closed when we went, but the site is still lovely and so refreshing to have a site nearly entirely focused on the mother/daughter pair of Demeter and Persephone (there is also a rare temple/cave to Hades/Pluto here). There is good signage that helps explain things but if you want to understand the rites and what the theories are about what actually happened during them, you’ll need to research that yourself.

It is hot and sunny with very little shade so bring a hat and sunscreen.
Written 1 June 2022
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Giorgos Sardelis
Athens, Greece133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
General information- I visited the ancient site of Eleusis at the beginning of October 2020. It is approximately half an hour from the Northern suburbs of Athens via Attica Tollway (Attiki Odos). The museum was closed due to some construction works. The ticket for one adult was 6 Euros, while the kids enjoyed free entrance. Parking your car might be problematic.

Why you should visit it? - If you think about it Eleusis was one of the most important locations of the ancient Greek civilaztion, yet today it is more or less forgotten. It was there that The Great Eleusinian Mysteries were held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone

Very little is known for this cult, since the participants were bonded with oaths of secrecy. The cult predates the written history and lasted until the Roman emperor Theodosius I, who closed the sanctuaries by decree during the Persecution of pagans in the late Roman Empire in 392 AD. The last remnants of the Mysteries were wiped out in 396 AD, when Arian Christians under Alaric, King of the Goths, destroyed and desecrated the old sacred sites.

Until then most of the Greek and Roman known kings, generals, emperors, philosophers etc were initiated into them.

If you don't use a guide, make sure that you have read enough, in order to know on what holy stones you are stepping.
Written 9 October 2020
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alex k
Athens, Greece26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a fascinating and impressive archaeological site roughly 30 minutes from the centre of athens. Unfortunately the museum is closed for renovation, but the site is open and worth the visit. Hopefully it will open to the public again in mid 2021 but to be sure, visit the ministry's website for a correct update
Written 24 February 2020
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,700 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The museum was closed due to the lack of staff. The site is cluttered with marble pieces which some museums would be proud to place on display. Here they are strewn about the site grounds exposed to the elements. And these people want their Parthenon marbles back.... Very little signage, so do some reading before you visit.

P.S. to all dog lovers: there at least two stray dogs on this site. They are very friendly. It looks like the staff feed them. They don't look particularly malnutritioned but they ask for food anyway. We did not expect that as it was our first stop after Athens (there are no stray dogs in Athens) so we had nothing to give them. Buy some dog food or cold cuts or cheese if you want to help these poor creatures.
Written 12 February 2020
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Tatia30traveller
Elefsina, Greece39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very interesting location and good open air archeological sites. Easy to reach and exactly in city center.
Written 3 September 2019
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Thomas T
San Francisco, CA352 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The Athens pass is a nice way to find your way to all of the ancient sites, but this should be free to the public. It was the largest rubble site and the museum was small compared to other locations.
Written 28 August 2019
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