The caves of the Acropolis of Athens and their findings
A series of cult areas was located around the base of the Acropolis’ rock. Inside caves or cavernous recesses of the landscape, Apollo, Zeus, Pan, Aphrodite and Aglauros were worshiped. The cave beneath the Propylaia was modified into a monumental spring where people could draw water from the Klepsydra, whereas the cave over the theatre of Dionysos was fitted with the marble facade of a choragic monument.
The caves are located approximately on the same altitude. They were formed by the corrosion of water, when on an earlier geological period its level reached this height. A circular walkway of 1.100 meters in length, the so-called peripatos, gave access to these caves, some of which where converted to chapels during the Christian time.
The Acropolis Museum presents to its visitors the caves of the Acropolis and the findings from these caves through a video projection and the exhibition of the relief associated with the cave of Eros and Aphrodite on the northern slope of the Acropolis.
This simple yet impressive presentation will be on display at the Museum ground floor, daily during Museum opening times, with free admission to visitors.