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Lasithi Plateau

Lasithi Plateau
Lasithi Plateau
#About Crete's agricultural and magical landscape

Lasithi Plateau, or the Lasithi Valley, is a beautiful region and one of the top tourist destinations for visitors. This plateau is famous for its dozens of windmills that are spread around. These are water pumps with wings, which granted the valley its name and ruins of more than 10,000 mills that were used for watering the fields.

Lasithi is an incredibly fertile green agricultural valley, with a carpet of densely cultivated fields. The real beauty happens in spring, when the flower rugs cover the valley and surround the snowy peaks of the high Dikti Mountains.

At the Dikti Mountains around the valley there are historical sites, like the Dikti cave, where according to Greek mythology, Zeus was born.

The Plateau has a few towns that have maintained their traditional lifestyles more or less. Some have ancient treasures, such as the village of Kera, which has a church from the Byzantine period, covered in frescoes from the 11th century.

The area is known for its Venetian windmills that have survived since the 15th century. Today only a few remain, maintain their classical look, with wings and white clothes that remind visitors of the romantic past.

These mills were used to pump water from under the ground, to water the fields and to grind wheat.

Every season here has its own charm. During fall the trees crouch from the burden of apples and ripe pears. During the spectacular spring bloom, the fields are green and full of blossoms.

A Closer Look at the Lasithi Plateau:

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:


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