In Mesopotamo. 52km south of Igoumenitsa, 20km south of Pargas.
From the coast road take the Ammoudia turning, double back under the new road and drive straight up through the village of Mesopotamo, the Oracle is on the hill facing you under a small chapel.
|Open:||Summer daily 8-20, Winter daily 8-15.|
|Fee:||Adults EUR 2, Children EUR 1, Seniors EUR 1.|
|Classification:||Cave Church, Karst cave.|
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|8th cty BC||described by Homer.|
|late 4th cty BC||building errected.|
|167 BC||burned down by the Romans.|
|18th cty.||monastery of St. John the Baptist built on top.|
|1958-1964||excavated by the archaeologist Prof. Sotirios Dakaris.|
|1976-1977||more excavations by Sotirios Dakaris.|
This sounds weird: the door to the hades, the realm of the dead! The word Nekromanteion means oracle of the death, and the people came here to talk with their late ancestors.
The Nekromanteion of Ephyra is the only oracle of the death in Greece. It belonged to the Thesprotians, an early Greek tribe who settled in this area about 2000 B.C.. It was even mentioned by Homer, who obviously knew the place.