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Crete: the legendary birthplace of Zeus and other Greek Gods

Chania ● Crete ● Heraklion ● Lassithi ● Rethymnon ● 16 June 2017
 
Crete was considered since the antiquity as a legendary place, which was connected to many myths of the Greek mythology. The impressive beauty and character of the island created many legends about it, and the most famous of them is that Crete is the birthplace of many Gods and most importantly of Zeus.

According to the mythology, Ideon Andron, the cave, which is located 20 km from Anogeia Village in the prefecture of Rethymnon, was the place, where Zeus was born, hidden from his father, Cronus. The myth says that a goat, named Amalthea, raised Zeus in this cave. Until the Roman times, this cave was considered to be sacred, and archaeological excavations unearthed votive offerings, like shields, spears and gold figures. When Crete was attacked by a giant lizard, Zeus protected its birthplace and threw a lightning bolt against it, turning the beast into stone, creating an island with the name Dia.

According to many myths, the area was birthplace also of the twins Greek gods Apollo and Artemis, who were born in the nearby islets with the name Paximadia. Apollo and Artemis were considered, together with Zeus, to be the Gods that protected Crete. It is interesting that a few years ago, were excavated in ancient Aptera in Crete two stunning sculptures of the two Gods that show their tradition and dominance in Crete.

Another legend of the Cretan mythology is that of King Minos and its palace. Daedalus has built the labyrinth of the palace, where Minotaur lived. Minotaur was the monster, which was created by the union of a bull and the wife of Minos, Pasiphae. Daedalus and his son, Icarus, kept captive there, but they managed to escape by making wings from feathers and wax. However, Icarus flew so close to the sun that the wax melted, the wings were destroyed, and he fell into the sea.

Finally, Minotaur was killed by the Athenian Theseus. Theseus was one of the young men and women that were sent from Athens every nine or seven years to be eaten by the Minotaur as a compensation that Athens had to pay due to its defeat in a past war against Crete. Theseus managed not to get lost in the labyrinth and kill the Minotaur thanks to the help of Ariadne, the daughter of Minos that fell in love with him and gave him a sword and a ball of thread.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece The Santo George Beach Resort
The Santo George Beach Resort
6, Patmou str., Amoudara, 71414 Heraklion, Greece

The Santo George Beach Resort is located in Amoudara, only a 2-minute walk from the beach. Heraklion Port and city centre are approximately 8 km away. Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis”, is 11.3 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Rethymno, Greece Elina Hotel Apartments
Elina Hotel Apartments
153, Kountouriotou Ave., 74100 Rethymno, Greece

Elina Hotel Apartments is situated in a central location in Rethymno, just a 2-minute walk from the long, sandy beach. The port of Rethymno is a 6-minute walk away.

Hotel in Chania , Greece Hotel Idramon
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Hotel Idramon
Mitropoleos square, 73100 Chania , Greece

Hotel Idramon is set in a traditional building in the historic center of Chania, just 500 meters away from the Venetian Port and 15 minutes walk from the sandy beach of Nea Chora. Chania International Airport is 17 km away.


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