Caves in Crete



Polyphemus Cave
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Like Maronia at Halkidiki and Sicily, so does Crete claim the "paternity" of the cave, where the story of Odysseus with the shepherd Cyclops Polyphimos took place according to Homer's Odyssey. The cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus in Crete is located at altitude 300m between Sougia and Koustogerako settlements. The cave has no interesting decor; only one marble formation reminds of a throne. The entrance is divided in two by a large rock, like the rock that was put by Odysseus (Ulysseus) in the cave of Polyphemus, the one-eyed cannibal Cyclops, before blinding him with a large wooden stick. After blinding him, Odysseus and his companions escaped from the cave, hanging in the belly of Polyphemus' sheep, and continued their journey to Ithaca.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Accessibility: Walking

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