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The Birthplace of Zeus

Take a mountain journey to the Lassithi Plateau and across to the Diktaean Cave, a focal cult site of the Cretan Zeus and finally to the quiet remote village of Saint George.

THE LASSITHI PLATEAU
The tranquil Lassithi Plateau, 900m above sea level, is an arrestingly beautiful expanse of green fields interspersed with almond trees and orchards, offering a sense of secluded rural Crete. One of the most characteristic features of the plateau is the 26 stone flour mills and the linear drainage works built by the Venetians.

THE DIKTAEAN CAVE
The Diktaean cave is one of the most spectacular caves in Crete, a focal site for the worship of Zeus. It is said to be the site not only of his secret birth but also of his ravishing Europa, the mother of
King Minos. It was here that Zeus was raised by the Kouretes, the nine bee-keeping sons of Earth. Votive items discovered in the cave include figurines of gods, animals, humans, double axes and Kamares potsherds. Many of these findings are exhibited in the museum of Heraklion.

THE VILLAGE OF SAINT GEORGE (AGHIOS GEORGIOS)
A tiny village on the southern side of the Lassithi plateau and a window into the roots of Crete, with men dressed in traditional Cretan garb, original Cretan architecture and picturesque taverns decorated with the famous bright Cretan textiles.

 

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