Photographic Print. A gold altar and crumbling frescos in a Greek chapel in Parga.
nothing of it's history, this simple chapel with crumbling walls was so
peaceful and mesmerising that I sat alone for a long time until a large
group of teenagers entered through the door, immediately all ceasing
their loud chatter into utter silence as if they had sensed they were
walking into something sacred. The Necromanteion was an ancient Greek
temple and sanctuary 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 was at
the meeting point of 3 rivers, believed to flow through the kingdom of
Hades. The word Necromanteion means Oracle of Death, an opening to the
underworld and where the faithful came to talk with the souls of the
departed. This site near the town of Parga on the northwest coast of
Greece is one of several places which claims to be
the spot where Hades abducted Persephone as she was picking flowers. The
Greek Orthodox Church recognized its importance and built a chapel over
the ruins of the oracle. Parga is a pretty town on the Ionian coast known for its scenic beauty and Venetian influence.
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