The excavated area of "Kerameikos" incorporates
a section of the 478 BC "Themistoclean Wall",
part of the cemetery of the city and the ceremonial entranceways
into Athens, from the cities of Eleusis, to the west, and
Piraeus, to the south. The wall had two gates,"Dipylon",
or "Double Gate", and the "Sacred Gate",
placed at the outset of the two most important processional
roads of Athens. One was the Panathenaic Way, from whichThe
Panathenian Festival Procession would start on its journey
to the Akropolis. The second road was the "Sacred Way",
or "Iera Odos", which led, through the "Sacred
Gate", the procession of the Eleusian Mysteries to
Eleusis, or Elefsina.
"Kerameikos" Archaeological Site open Tuesday
8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Address: 148 Ermou Street, 105 62, Athens.
Phone: 210 346 3552
Entrance is €2.