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December 11, 2007

Brauroneion

3D computer generated image of the sanctuary of Artemis Brauonia. To the right is the Propylaea, to the left the Chalkotheke
3D computer generated image of the sanctuary of Artemis Brauonia. To the right is the Propylaea, to the left the Chalkotheke

The Brauroneion is a three-sided stoa which, with its central square, forms a small sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Artemis Brauronia, towards the south west corner of the Acropolis of Athens. The main cultic site was located at Brauron on the east coast of Attica.

It was built next to the Chalkotheke, immediately to the right of the entrance to the Acropolis platform, the Propylaea. Built around 430 BCE, the stoa faces north with one wing to its west on the same orientation, and two westward facing wings to the east.

The archaic xoanon of the goddess and a statue made by Praxiteles in the 4th century BC were both in the sanctuary.

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