Eleusis (Attica) 264 Elefsina - Ελευσίς
Ἐλευσίς - Eleusis, important Archaic to Late Antique polis at Elefsina in Attiki
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Few prehistoric remains have survived on account of the ancient and modern rebuilding. The extensive Middle Bronze Age cemetery (2000-1600 BC) is one of the most important in the Aegean. Remnants of an important Mycenaean settlement and Mycenaean tombs (1600-1100 BC).
In historical times, until the Hellenistic period, Eleusis belonged to the territory of Athens, except for brief intervals of independence. The city was famed in antiquity for the Eleusinian Mysteries, celebrated in honour of Demeter and Kore in the temple dedicated to them.
On the site of the present church of Saint Zacharias there are ruins of an Early Christian three-aisled basilica (5th century BC), with ancient architectural members incorporated in the walls and an added baptistery. The cruciform font with marble revetment has survived.Wikidata ID: Q11918833
Info: Archaeological Atlas of the Aegean
(Archaeological Atlas of the Aegean, Ministry of the Aegean)