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The archaeological site of Eleutherai, on the old Athens-Thebes National Road, north of the Villia junction, encompasses part of the lowland and rocky hill, where the ancient fortress, known as Gyftokastro, stands. Eleutherai was allegedly the birthplace of Dionysus, who founded the homonymous city and was thus called Dionysus Eleuthereus. Originally a Boeotian city, Eleutherai went over to Athens in the sixth century BC. The cult statue of Dionysus Eleuthereus was reportedly moved from Eleutherai to Athens on Peisistratus' orders, leading to the establishment of the homonymous sanctuary on the south slope of the Acropolis. Strategically located on the borderline of the Athenian territory, with control over the narrow passage between Athens and Thebes and overlooking the plain of Oinoe, Eleutherai was part of the Athenian defence network in the fourth century BC. The archaeological site has been cleared of undergrowth.

Author E. Mpaziotopoulou - Valavani, archaeologist

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- - - M.Balázs - - - on April 7, 2013


LIKE! ;)

Greetings from Budapest,


Konstantin Smirnov (… on April 8, 2013

Hi Makis! Interesting old fortress, very well done.

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Warm greetings from Kostia.

Erol Barutçugil on April 13, 2013

Very good cadre,very good photo! Like. Greetings.Erol

蒂芙尼.林 on April 15, 2013

wonderful and fabulous shapshot & good composition on colour setting. YS:8 + LIKE:25 really It's so C O O L congratulation and have a nice day for you makis-GREECE ®

best regards from tiffany Liem

~rol~ No Views! on April 15, 2013

Tu tiens le mur Makis pour qu'il ne tombe pas..!

Amitiés, roland

Cindy Breen on April 16, 2013

Nice to meet you Makis



Eva Barchewitz on May 27, 2013

Gooood!! L&F Greetings Eva

Giannino NO VIEWS on October 12, 2013

nice shot - L I K E - The best wishes from Rome - Gianni

Lisa 3011 on October 2, 2014

Hello Makis, très belle photo!!!!! LIKE+F!!!! Amicalement de Bruxelles

Mone de Castro on February 2, 2015





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  • Uploaded on March 28, 2013
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