A photo tour of Eleusis, an underrated historic destination in Greece
6:53 AM EDT, Thu April 20, 2023
In ruins: The Greek destination of Eleusis was once one of the most sacred cities of its time, but in more modern times its been blighted by industry and decay.
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Turning back the clock: Eleusis has been named one of the European Union's "Cultural Capitals" for 2023. It's hoped that the honor will help revive its fortunes.
Ancient secrets: For centuries, Eleusis was the destination for torchlit processions traveling to take part in mysterious ancient rituals.
Shipping graveyard: Eleusis has gained a reputation as a ship graveyard, with rusting hulks of vessels left rotting in its bay.
Museum makeover: To mark its Cultural Capital status, Eleusis' magnificent archaeological site has been overhauled, improving its accessibility. And its renovated archaeological museum has just reopened.
Tragic past: Eleusis, the birthplace of Aeschylus, known as the father of tragedy, is not only the oldest but also the smallest city to have ever been selected as Cultural Capital since the concept was created nearly 40 years ago.
Looking to the future: Being a Cultural Capital has helped dozens of cities that have previously held the title to foster urban regeneration and find a spot on the travel radar. Organizers of Eleusis 2023, a program of artistic events, are hoping for similar results.
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Journey through history: The ancient Sacred Way and Street of the Tombs -- the road from Athens to Eleusis.