About the Cave Where Zeus was BornThere are those who believe that Zeus's caves, or the Diktaion Antron, located in the Dikti mountains is the birthplace of Zeus. 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 rise 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 StoryIn 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 stand, starts with his father, Cronus. This is Cronus, together with his mother Gaia, castrated his father Uranus, knew from a prophecy that one of his children will 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 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, won. Zeus did to his father exactly when Cronus did to Zeus's grandfather Uranus.
Come here and enjoy the cave!