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  Inside the cave
by Lilasel

Dictaean Cave (or cave of Psyhro) is overlooking the Lassithi Plateau, the view from the cave entrance is marvelous.

According to mythology, Rhea hid the baby Zeus from the murderous Cronos in this cave. But this is only one of two caves claiming to be this cave. The other cave is Idaion Andron. The story about Zeus is told here: Zeus Grown Up in a Cave.

Archaeologists have uncovered many icons and votive symbols, confirming that the cave was an important place of worship during the Minoan era. In the background of the cave is a small pond, where - according to myth - Zeus bathed and around which most of the offerings were found.

This cave is also the place of a second story, where Zeus many years later met Europe.

In 1999 electric light was installed in this cave.

Directions: 48km east of Heraklion and 52km west of Agios Nicholaos, near the village of Psychro. From Psychro 800 m walk, or ride on a mule.

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2004
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