North Slope of the Acropolis
The slopes of the Acropolis were home to several sanctuaries that played a vital role in the religious lives of the ancient Athenians. Some of these places, received monumental architectural embellishments. Other shrines, much simpler in nature, were places where divinities of nature, fertility, and healing were worshiped on a less monumental and more personal level.
This type of "popular" religion is attested vividly on the North Slope of the Acropolis, where many shrines were nestled among the steep cliffs, caves, and pathways. For example, at the northwest corner Apollo, Pan, and (probably) the Nymphs were worshiped in shallow caves. Also on the NW side there is a cut in the rock and stairs leading to several natural caves and to the Klepsydra Spring.
Farther to the east, Eros and Aphrodite had an open-air sanctuary. Evidence for other shrines is provided by numerous rock-cut niches for the dedication and display of offerings to gods whose names we do not know. The sacred spots on the slopes of the citadel were connected by an ancient path, called the Peripatos, that circled the Acropolis and intersected the Panathenaic Way at the western approach. It is also likely that most (if not all) of the North Slope was within the sacred area at the foot of the Acropolis known as the Pelargikón.
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