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Vravrona, with an interesting archaeological site, is well worth a visit. On your way to Vravrona, you will travel through one of the most beautiful areas of Attica, with green fields, vineyards, olive trees, gentle mountainsides, and the coast of the blue Euroboean Gulf. In summer, if you don’t like the heat, you can take a dip in the sea. Be sure to follow the signposts leading to Markopoulo and Porto Rafti, then take a turn left at the sign for Vravrona. A few kilometres island is the archaeological site and the museum on your left.

Artemis Vravronia

Vravronia was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess protector of hunters, animals and the safe birth of humans Enraged by the murder of two small female bears, Artemis caused an epidemic in Athens. She requested that an oracle tell the Athenians that all girls aged 5 to 10 living in Attica were obliged to worship her. The Athenians obeyed the command of the goddess and brought their little girls to the temple, where they spent their childhood years serving her and participating in the festivals organised there. The girls who went to the temple, were called arktoi (bears). The festivals in honour of the goddess were called Vravronia. Musical performances, athletic competitions and poetry readings were held, among other things, at the festivals.

THE SIGHTS

Archaeological site

You will notice the coexistence of the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Artemis and a Christian church of the 15th century, dedicated to Saint George. Unfortunately only the sanctuary of the ancient temple is preserved. Archaeologists have not determined the shape of the original temple. Walk over a bridge, built in the classical period, which leads, to the  temple, and visit the partially renovated colonnade.

The Museum

Small and interesting, the museum houses in five rooms exhibits from the Vravrona area and Anavyssos, Perati and other areas of Attica. These exhibits cover the period from the Bronze Age until the Roman times. The most important finds are the sculptures from the sanctuary of Artemis.

Paiania Cave (Koutouki)

With a large variety of rocks and the multiformity of the stalactites and stalagmites, Koutouki Cave ranks among the most interesting and rich caves in Greece. Located on the eastern slope of Mount Hymettos, at an altitude of 540 metres, 4 kilometres from Paiania in the Mesogeia area, it has a total area of 3,800 square metres.

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