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Mount Ida (Crete)

Features: – Psiloritis is located on the water divide between the southern part of Crete, draining to the Libyan Sea, and the northern basin facing […]

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Features:
– Psiloritis is located on the water divide between the southern part of Crete, draining to the Libyan Sea, and the northern basin facing the Aegean Sea.
– A saddle at 2,321m east of the summit connects it with Mount Agathias.
– The Skinakas Observatory of the University of Crete is located on the secondary peak Skinakas at 1750m.
– The Nida plateau is found to the east of the mountain.
– On the northeast of the mountain, beneath Skinakas Peak, is Vromonero Plateau, a Natura 2000 protected area.

Mythology:
– Ida is the locus for a race of legendary ancient metal workers, the Dactyls.
– The Idaean cave, venerated by Minoans and Hellenes, was rededicated to Zeus in ancient times.
– The cave may have served as the site of an oracle and initiations.
– The Old Man of Crete, symbolizing the decay of the world, is visualized within Mt. Ida.
– The Kamares Cave on Mount Ida provided insight into Ancient Greek life.

Dactyls:
– Ida is the site for a race of legendary ancient metal workers, the Dactyls.

Idaean Cave:
– The cave was venerated by Minoans and Hellenes and later rededicated to Zeus.
– Votive seals and ivories have been found in the cave.
– It may have served as an oracle site and a place of initiations.

The Old Man of Crete:
– Visualized within Mt. Ida, symbolizing the decay of the world.
– Tears of the Old Man formed the rivers of Hell.

Gallery:
– Mouth of the Idaean Cave.
– Eastern ridge of the summit of Mount Ida.
– Shepherds hut (mitato) on Nida Plateau.
– Skinakas Observatory.
– Near Anogeia.

See also:
– Idaea.
– Mount Kedros.
– List of mountains in Greece.

Mount Ida (Crete) (Wikipedia)

Mount Ida (Greek: Ἴδα), known variously as Idha, Ídhi, Idi, and Ita (the massif including the mountain is called Psiloritis, Greek: Ψηλορείτης), is the highest mountain on the island of Crete, with an elevation of 2,456 metres (8,058 ft). It has the highest topographic prominence of any mountain in Greece. A natural park which includes Mount Ida is a member of UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network.

Mount Ida
Psiloritis (summit Ida)
View of Psiloritis mountains from the west
Highest point
Elevation2,456 m (8,058 ft)
Prominence2,456 m (8,058 ft)
Isolation439.94 km (273.37 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
ListingUltra
Coordinates35°13′36″N 24°46′21″E / 35.22667°N 24.77250°E / 35.22667; 24.77250
Geography
Mount Ida is located in Greece
Mount Ida
Mount Ida
Location in Greece
LocationCrete, Greece

Located in the Rethymno regional unit, Ida was sacred to the Titaness Rhea in Greek mythology. On its slopes lies one of the caves, Idaion Antron, the Idaean Cave, in which, according to legend, the god Zeus was born. Other legends, however, place his birthplace in Psychro Cave on the Lasithi Plateau.

An archaeobotanical study was conducted that looks at the different plant bases in Minoan villas during the Neo-palatial time period in Crete. There was a rich range of food plants that were found to contain essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and sources of vitamins. The study took place on Mount Ida, at the Minoan villa of Zominthos.

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