Sights

Diktaion Antron

diktaio_androDiktaion Antron is a cave situated in an altitude of 1025m., above the Psychro village and is the most important cave in Crete from the antiquity, the place where the god Zeus was born according to ancient Greek tradition. The use of the cave starts during the Neolithic ages (4.000-3.5000 B.C.) where it was seasonally used as a domicile or a refuge of people whereas later on in the pre-palatial period (3.500-2.000 B.C.), it was used as a burial ground for the dead. After that, Diktaion Antron served as a place of worship of the gods and particularly Zeus. The excavations in the cave revealed a built altar surrounded by a cyclopean wall, pottery, statuettes in praying position etc. After the study of the findings, the scientists support an assumption on the cave’s use during the middle Minoan and late Minoan period: the cave was a place of worship of Zeus and the Earth Goddess, Gaia, where the worshipers placed their offerings in rock crevices where they remained for years afterwards, eventually being covered by lime material.

The opening in the Diktaion cave is large enough to allow the entrance of light to its bottom, where a big area with small ponds can be found. Apart from its archaeological value, the cave is also aesthetically important since it has an intense inclination downwards whereas there are ramps and lighting to ensure a comfortable and safe visit up to the bottom of the cave. The cave also has a rich stone decoration of stalactites and stalagmites. Diktaion is one of the caves in Crete that has been utilized for visiting purposes since a parking lot, tourist shops and taverns can be found only meters away from the cave.

Kronion or Trapeza

kronioKronion or Trapeza lies on the borders of Tzermado settlement and it is the cave no one can approach since, according to legend, there is a dragon deep inside protecting the golden sow and her piglets.

Cretan Folklore Museum

kritiko_laografiko_mousio_lasithiThe Cretan Folklore Museum lies in the settlement of Agios Georgios. The museum demonstrates an old provincial home. Apart from the old trades on exhibition, the neoclassicist house of the early twentieth century is also being presented. Furthermore, embroideries, historical documents, firearms and other military material from World War One are on exhibition on the 6th floor.

Μουσείο Eleftherios Venizelos Museum

Eleftherios Venizelos Museum lies in the settlement of Agios Georgios. It is housed in a traditional stone building with a vista to the valley. The museum houses a quite interesting collection from personal objects of Eleftherios Venizelos.

Havgas Gorge

xavgaChavgas Gorge is one of the most beautiful gorges in Lasithi County, being relatively regular and approachable up to the point “Neraidokolympos”, where a round stone has fallen in the gorge’s bottom, thus interrupting the way to the rest of the canyon to visitors without special knowledge of the terrain. The gorge starts in the settlement of Agios Konstantinos and ends in Katharo Plateau. Havgas Gorge practically is the water supply line from Katharo to Lasithi Plateau.

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