Shrine of Eros and Aphrodite

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A sanctuary dedicated to Eros and Aphrodite was erected around 545 BC on the north slope of the Akropolis. It seems that it was not a state sponsored cult. The sanctuary was also known as the "sanctuary of Aphrodite in the Gardens". Several votive niches and reliefs were carved in the rock. Other votive offerings consisted of terracotta figurines and phallus.

This sanctuary was the destination of the Arrephoroi when they secretly carried mysterious sacred objects from the House of the Arrephoroi on the Akropolis.

A second sanctuary of Aphrodite in the Gardens also existed in the Ilissos area outside the city walls.


Hurwit, Jeffrey M.; The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004

Travlos, John, Pictorial dictionary of Ancient Athens, Books that matter, New York, 1971, p. 228

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