Photo credit: Pinelopi Gerasimou / 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture

About Elefsina

Exploring the ancient, modern and contemporary history of Elefsina, one is astonished with the rare wealth of historical and mythological past, as well as its multifaceted ambitious present. The city is composed of amazing traces of Antiquity, contemporary stories of immigration, workers’ movements and industrial development, with texts and songs, and thus became a unique historical landmark of ancient and modern Greek history. Elefsina, the birthplace of Aeschylus, had been famous since antiquity for the Eleusinian Mysteries, one of the most important religious ceremonies in ancient Greece.

Thanks to the natural harbour and its he strategic position on the Thriassian Plain, 21 km to the west of Athens, the city became a hub of productivity taking on a special place among the greatest industrial centers of the country, yet always giving the impression of a land that keeps its cultural wealth like a timeless mystery.

The importance of Elefsina as the birthplace of Aeschylus, the special place of women in the long history of the city, its significance in the folk songs about emigration, unrequited love and the working man’s toil through the legendary bard Stelios Kazantzidis - are the features of this colourful unique city.