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"During antiquity, thousands of people came here, searching happiness. In Elefsis all who participated in the Elefsinian Mystery, learnt not to be afraid of death...In our days people without knowing anything else, are looking for happiness in other ways. As for this place, those who pass from here avoid looking at it."
Elefsis is a small, industrial town, 20 kilometres west of Athens. As early as prehistoric times, this town has been linked to the ancient Greeks' favourite myth, the myth of Demeter, goddess of agriculture and fecundity of the land, and her daughter, Persephone. This is where, according to myth, grain crops were first cultivated, and this is where Greece's largest industries were developed, with disastrous consequences for the region and the sanctuary. We have been filming this town for the past ten years, from the point of view of the pilgrim; we have been watching everyday events, both humble and noble; and we have discovered funeral gifts from the ancient countenance built into the walls of modern life. Elefsis is to the West, a holy land, a point from where one can look both at the world around him and at himself.
From the movie "Mourning rock, by Phiippos Koutsaftis
An old hospital in Parnitha mountain, close to the super luxury casino, built in 1912 to host the people suffering from TB. At the end of 60's the sanatorium is closed and the building is used as a luxury hotel till 1980. Since then the building is abandoned. Many people believe that because of its use as a hospital the abandoned building is haunted, after the burning of the mount Parnitha in 2007 and the confused legal status of the building it is a strong belief to the people that the place is haunted
L Hendring an amateur photographer from Holland, traveled in Greece and Middle East at the end of 19th century and captured the moment in History. His photos are belonging to Rijksmuseum .
Wandering through the narrow streets in Psirri, in the beginning of February, and the summer is almost here!