Crete: the legendary birthplace of Zeus and other Greek Gods
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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 Olympic Hotel
Olympic Hotel
43, Kornarou Square, Heraklion Town, 71201 Heraklion, Greece

Being located on well known Kornarou Square in the very heart of Heraklion, Hotel Olympic offers year-round accommodation within walking distance to all the sights and the center of the lively and bustling city of Heraklion. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2 km, while the international airport Nikos Kazantzakis is at 5 km.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Georgia Hotel
8.9 10
Georgia Hotel
10, Vagias Str., Amoudara, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Hotel Georgia is a family run hotel located in the area of Amoudara, just 100 m from the long sandy beach. The distance from the center of the lively and bustling capital of Crete, Heraklion is 3.2 km. The international airport of Nikos Kazantzakis is at 10 km and the main port in Heraklion is 7 km away from the property.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Hotel Hara Ilios Village
Hotel Hara Ilios Village
Agiou Panteleimonos, Kato Gouves, 70014 Heraklion, Greece

The property is located 16 km away from Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport and only 250 m from the sandy Gouves beach. The largest city and port of the island of Crete, Heraklion, can be reached within a 20-minute drive.


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