An excursion to the Sanctuary of Artemis

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One of the least visited archaeological sites in Attica is Brauron, one of the twelve cities of ancient Attica and celebrated on account of the worship of Artemis Brauronia. The cult of Artemis Brauronia connected the coastal (rural) sanctuary at Brauron with another (urban) sanctuary on the Acropolis in Athens. The Arkteia festival was celebrated every four years and involved a procession from the shrine of Artemis Brauronia to the Acropolis of Athens.

The sanctuary contained a small temple of Artemis, a unique stone bridge, cave shrines, a sacred spring, and a pi-shaped (Π) stoa that included dining rooms for ritual feasting. Votive dedications at the sanctuary include a number of statues of young children of both sexes, as well as many items pertaining to feminine life, such as jewelry boxes and mirrors. Large numbers of miniature kraters (krateriskoi) have been recovered from the site, many depicting young girls — either nude or clothed — racing or dancing. An extensive and important collection of these finds is displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Brauron.

The Sanctuary of Artemis and the museum are in the coastal area of Artemida/Loutsa next to a nice and clean beach and many family-friendly taverns.

Check the official website of the Ministry of Culture to retrieve information on admission and tickets, and contact MAMAKITA at mommylook@mamakita.gr for a half day private family-oriented guided tour of the Archaeological Site of Artemis at Brauron & the Museum including lunch in a local family friendly tavern.

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