Idaion Andron


At a height of 1499 meters on Psiloritis Mountain, the cave where Zeus was born and brought up by Rea is a living testimony of old myths and legends . Numerous references mention Idaion Andron; from Homer to Eyripides and Plato they prove that this place was already known in the ancient years. Two major excavations that took place in 1885 and during the period from 1982 to 1985 have proved the intensity of worshipping in this “Bethlehem” of antiquity.

Innumerable tributes made of the most valuable materials – gold, silver, copper, semiprecious stones, pottery, coins, jewelry – have been found in Idaion Andron, making it one of the most important holy places in Ancient Greece. In Idaion Andron, life began at the end of 4.000 BC and since then it has continued ceaselessly. In the second millennium BC, the Minoan God of vegetation who “dies and resurrects every year”, became the recipient of the inhabitants’ worship. For that reason, the Cretan Zeus dies and is reborn every year in Idaion Andron. The same happens with the place of Anogeia, which loses life in winter time and revives again in the spring.