In this cave the Dactyls (Curetes) together with the goat Amalthea took over the care of the newborn “Zeus” from Rhea and while Amalthea engaged in his upbringing.
In the Minoan era, Zeus was worshiped in Diktaio Andro (Psychron Cave) as a god with the double ax and has a chthonic character
Inside the Dikteon Cave
The sun’s rays cannot penetrate into the cave and the humidity can reach 85%, while absolute silence prevails.
On entering the Dikteon Cave, you find yourself in the antechamber and immediately you can fill the difference in temperature.
In the antechamber roost rock doves and other birds, while deeper in live species from arthropods to the Long-Eared Bat.
In general, the cave has ideal conditions that make it an important habitat, rich in animal life.
In the antechamber of the Dikteon Cave were discovered the foundations of a built altar and the remains of offerings.
As you descend into the cave you will see the ancient walls of the temenos, the sacred space.
The Dikteon Cave consists of five chambers large and small. The most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites.
To reach the lake, suitable shoes are recommended.
At the lake, you will see the “Mantle of Zeus”, a stalactite that hangs over the lake like a chandelier.
At the back of the lake, you can easily see a small chamber of the Dikteon Cave, in which it is said that the Father of the Gods was born.