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Go to Paleopolis where the ruins of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods can be visited.
The rites celebrated here were equal in importance to the Mysteries at Eleusis. Pausanias, that intrepid 2nd century A.D. traveller, mentions that the Mysteries of the Great Gods took place annually from late July to early August.
Little is known about what actually went on at the Mysteries or about the initiation proceedings, but the requirements were not as strict as Eleusis.
Visible today at the site are the ruins of the Temple of the Great Gods, the Rotunda of Arsinoe, the Stoa, The Temenos, the Theatre and the fountain of Nike, where the Winged Victory, now in the Louvre, once stood. The museum contains finds from the Sanctuary and a replica of the world-famous statue.

Directions: The capital of the island is called Samothraki (Samothrace). Built on a mountain, it commands a dominating position over the surrounding sea, as do so many island towns.
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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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