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Cave of Zeus

Diktaion Antron
Diktaion Antron
#About the Cave Where Zeus was Born

There are those who believe that Zeus's caves, or the Diktaion Antron, located in the Dikti Mountains is the birthplace of Zeus. According to Greek mythology, Zeus was born here and was fed goat's milk and bee's honey.

Based on archeological findings, the cave was used as an ancient place of worship. You can take a walk from the town to the cave or ride a mule that locals rent out.

The cave itself is cold and beautiful, and has all sorts of Stalactites, which light up the lower cave. It is located in the Lassithi Plateau, one of the most toured areas in Crete. But it's hard to believe it would have been such a major attraction if not for the story of Zeus.

#Zeus's Story

In Greek mythology Zeus plays a very important role, father of the gods. The stories tell us that Zeus's family was not normal. Because in this family of gods, sons killed their fathers for generation after generation.

The story of Zeus and the cave where you are standing, starts with his father, Cronus. Cronus, together with his mother Gaia, castrated his own father Uranus, who knew from a prophecy that one of his children would kill him. Therefore Cronus, who wanted to live, used to swallow all his children.

However, Zeus, the last son to be born, was saved by his mother who wanted to keep him alive. Greek mythology tells us, that the mother hurried and hid Zeus in a cave, and gave Zeus's father a rock wrapped up in blankets to eat. Cronus assumed he swallowed his last son, and went on with his life.

Of course, this is not how the story ends. Zeus grew up into an adult, went out into the world to create a massive and brutal army. When the time came, he fought his father and the Titans and after a 10-year war, he won. Zeus did to his father exactly what Cronus did to Zeus's grandfather Uranus.

Come here and enjoy the cave!

A Closer Look at Diktaion Antron:

Ideon Andron
Ideon Andron
#About the Cave where Zeus was Saved

Ideon Andron is a big cave, located 13 kilometers from the town of Anogeia, at the height of 1,538 meters. This is only one of 3,000 caves on the Island of Crete, but this one has a mythological story which labeled it as an ancient site, from the period of the Minoans and up to the Romans.

Legend has it that this is where Zeus was hidden as a baby when he was born. Zeus, known as the father of the gods, was hidden in the cave by his mother, who was afraid of Zeus's father, Cronus. Cronus wanted to kill his young son, after being told in a prophecy that one of his children will kill him. Horrific? Yes, but Greek mythology assures us that this is what happened. You might ask yourself, how might baby Zeus get food and water to keep him alive? How did he grow? It is said that a goat gave him milk, not any average goat, but the goat nymph Amalthea. This is how Zeus was raised.

From this cave, there is a hike that heads towards the Psiloritis Mountains, it is not a tough hike, but it takes a whole day for the walk there and the walk back. Make sure to carry water, as there are no water sources along the way.

A Closer Look at the Cave:


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