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The Temple of Demeter at Gyroula

Set amongst the fertile valley south of the village of Sagri, the Temple of Demeter at Gyroula stands as a testament to the region’s ancient worship of chthonic deities, Demeter and Kore-Persephone, sought for earth’s fertility. Around 530 BC, an impressive all-marble temple was erected, possibly in dedication to Demeter and Apollo.

Many architectural fragments remain, showcasing the significance of this monument as a representation of early classical architecture. The site later saw the establishment of a three-aisled basilica in the Early Christian period (5th – 6th centuries), abandoned by the 8th century. Today, the area houses a museum collection featuring finds and architectural fragments.

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Temple of Demeter, Δρυμαλία, Ελλάδα