Eleusis Grotto

Eleusis Grotto

Grotto in Sanctuary of Eleusis on the way to the temple, with ruins of a temple to Hades in foreground. A reenactment of Persephone’s return was probably performed here at night during the several-day festival of the Mysteries. The small opening on the right side of the grotto was only visible from this angle, so a priestess could have stepped through it into the torchlit grotto to appear as if by magic.

For more photos from my visit to the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone, visit my Ancient Greece Odyssey: Pilgrimage to Eleusis.

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