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The Sacred Way
in ancient Greece
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, was the road from Athens
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to Eleusis. It was so called because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries
The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, these were held to be the ones of greatest importance...
. The procession to Eleusis began at Kerameikos (the Athenian cemetery) on the 19th Boedromion.
In Greece today, the road from central Athens to Aegaleo and Chaidari
Chaidari , is a suburb in the west northwestern part of Athens, Greece. The two mountaintops of Aigaleo lies to the north and south...
(the old route to Eleusis) is called the Sacred Way.