The Telesterion is an ancient Greek building located in Eleusis.


The Telesterion is an ancient Greek building located in Eleusis, a town located about 18 kilometers northwest of Athens, Greece. The building was part of the Eleusinian Mysteries, a religious festival dedicated to the goddesses Demeter and Persephone.

The Telesterion was a large hall, which served as the main venue for the initiation ceremonies of the Eleusinian Mysteries. The hall was built in several stages, and its final form was completed in the 4th century BCE.

The Telesterion was a large, rectangular hall, measuring approximately 50 meters by 27 meters, with a high ceiling supported by massive columns. The hall was divided into two sections, an outer chamber and an inner chamber, separated by a low wall.

The inner chamber of the Telesterion was the most sacred part of the building, and was accessible only to the initiated. It contained the Anaktoron, a small shrine that was said to contain the sacred objects used in the initiation ceremony.

The outer chamber of the Telesterion was accessible to the uninitiated, and was used for public events and gatherings. The hall was also used as a meeting place for the officials of the Eleusinian Mysteries, and as a storage area for the sacred objects used in the festival.

Today, the Telesterion is in ruins, but its remains can still be seen in Eleusis. The site has been partially excavated, and visitors can see the remains of the walls and columns of the building.

The Telesterion was an important part of the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were among the most important religious festivals in ancient Greece. The festival was known for its mystery, and the details of the initiation ceremony were kept secret, known only to the initiated. The Telesterion played a central role in these ceremonies, and its ruins remain an important archaeological site and a testament to the rich religious and cultural history of ancient Greece.

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Telesterion, Elefsina 192 00, Greece
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