Cave of Zas


Location: Filoti   

The Cave of Zas in Naxos, Cyclades: The Cave of Zas is located at the western side of Mount Zas, at an altitude of 600 meters. According to the Greek mythology, God Zeus was raised here as he found shelter in the cave while he was prosecuted by his father, Kronus. Afterwards, it was here that he was given the mighty lighting that made him ruler of Olympus and to honor him, the Naxians named the mountain as well as cave after him.

The cave exhibits unique geological interest. A 10 meters high and 2,5 meters wide gate leads to the impressive interior of the cave, that can reach 115 of height and 75 meters in width. The cave has imposing stalactites and stalagmites, while archaeological research in 1962 brought to light finding from various historic periods (neolithic, roman etc.) During the Ottoman Sovereignty, it was used as a refuge, and near the entrance you can find the chapel of Zoodochos Pigi.

If you are interested in visiting the cave, you can choose between two different paths, one starting off Filoti and the other off Danakos village, near the church of Agia Marina. Special signs will provide you guidance, while near the cave you will find the fountain of Aries, with it crystal-clear, drinkable water. The view from the cave to the Aegean Sea is spectacular, while there is rich flora and fauna in the surrounding area.

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