TEMPLES AND SANCTUARIES TEMPLE OF DEMETER Linked to Ancient Phigaleia through the antics of its founder Lepreos (who died in the city in a duel with Heracles), the ancient city of Lepreo was a strategically important place. In antiquity it was surrounded by an 800 metre perimeter wall built from porous and limestone blocks. About 4.5 metres high, the wall incorporated look out towers and a secret gate. Inside the sanctuary, along with other buildings, is a peripteral Doric (6 x 11 columns) Temple of Demeter, the regional goddess of the elusive "nightmare cave". Here, as in her cave, she received offerings on a purpose-built altar.