Ideon Andron - the cave of Zeus
The Ideon Andron is located on the Nida plateau of Mount Psiloritis, 24 km from the village of Anogia and 78 km from the town of Rethymnon. Its extraordinary large entrance which is at a height of 1538 m is quite impressive. The cave itself is of particularly large dimensions, with a vast central hall and a gallery of 22 m in length.
The cave, in which Zeus was raised according to mythology, represented an important place of worship in both the Minoan and the Roman period. The excavation works that were carried out in the interior of the cave revealed an abundance of important finds such as ceramics, gold jewellery, metal objects and of course the famous bronze shields.