Cave of Psychro (Dikteon Andron)

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Situated approximately 30 minutes south of Psychro in Lassithi, at an elevation of 1025 metres, the cave is commonly referred to by the locals as the ‘Cave of Psychro’.

Around the late 19th century, the cave came to be known as Dikteon Andron, which translates to ‘Cave of Zeus’. This name was linked to the mythological belief that Zeus, who was said to be born in Crete, was born within this cave. About halfway towards the cave, there is a tourist kiosk, and it is possible to reach the entrance of the cave by car. Upon entering the cave, visitors will encounter a vestibule on their right and a spacious hall ahead of them.

Inside the cave, visitors can witness a remarkable sight known as the ‘Mantle of Zeus’. This awe-inspiring feature is a magnificent folded stalactite of significant size. Unfortunately, over time, the delicate formation has suffered damage caused by uninformed visitors.



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Photo 1: Fransson,T. / Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete

Photo 2: Trikali,M. / Natural History Museum of Crete – University of Crete

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