City Eleusinion

Foundations of the Temple of Triptolemos. Northeast corner. In this photo you can see two phases in the construction of the temple. On the left side of the photo, the foundations are made of blocks of hard, gray, Kara limestone. These blocks represent the first phase, probably around 500 B.C. To the right (just right of center in the photo) the blocks are made from a redder, very crystalline limestone. These blocks represent an extension to make the foundations wider, perhaps even as early as 500-490 B.C. Exactly why the modification was necessary is unclear. Note also the beautiful polygonal style of masonry used in these lower courses. View from the south. August 8, 2003.