Nekromanteio of Acheron

The Nekromanteion  was an ancient Greek temple of necromancy devoted to Hades and Persephone. According to tradition, it was located on the banks of the Acheron river in Epirus, near the ancient city of Ephyra. This site was believed by devotees to be the door to Hades, the realm of the dead. The site is at the meeting point of the Acheron, Pyriphlegethon and Cocytus rivers, believed to flow through and water the kingdom of Hades. The meaning of the names of the rivers has been interpreted to be “joyless”, “burning coals” and “lament”, respectively. (source wikipedia)

The archaeological creepy site of Nekromanteion Acheron is about 20km south of Parga. In general, you park a few hundred metres away and walk up to the gate and ticket office. Alternatively, book a guided excursion through International Travel Services in Parga, or take a taxi, starting at €30 one way. This way (or in your own car), you can combine it with a boat excursion up the Acheron (the river the dead were said to cross) in nearby Ammoudia, on the coast  (info by lonelyplanet)

The main part of the sanctuary is a square building, surrounded by a rectangular peribolos in polygonal wall masonry. The interior of the building is divided by two parallel walls into a central hall and two side aisles, each further divided by transverse walls into three rooms. Under the central room lies an underground chamber of the same dimensions, carved in the rock. Fifteen poros arches supported the roof of this underground chamber, which was thought to be the dark palace of Persephone and Hades. This building is dated to the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century BC. Later, at the end of the 3rd century BC, a complex of buildings was added to the west of the initial structure, consisting of a central court around which there were rooms and storerooms. (source gtp)

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