History - Mythology

Zeus and Hera In ancient Inatos, where Tsoutsouros is now located, Ilithyia, the goddess of childbirth was worshiped for many centuries.

 In the cave, which is located at the north of the village, many offerings of worshipers of the goddess were found, such as bronze and clay figurines of women, pregnant women and sexual complexes, jewelry, clay double ax, clay models of ships and Egyptian figurines made of faience. Especially the last, witness the radiance of the sacred throughout the known world of the times.

 In recent years, the cave came back to the fore, making Tsoutsouros known throughout Greece. According to reports, in the cave, but also throughout the region, were found objects of incredible technological advancement of the Minoans, which where taken by the American army in complete privacy, to provide expertise. The issue was addressed by the television show "Gates of Unexplained". Even if these theories are not true, the fact is that the area actually emits a special unique ambiance. 

Δίας και Ήρα At the west there are two peaks, which locals call Zeus and Hera, because they remind them of two lying bodies. From there begin the Asterousia Mountains that surround southern the fertile valley of Messara. According to mythology, the king Asterion raised in these mountains the sons of Zeus, Minos, Rhadamanth and Sarpedon, who then reigned at Knossos, Phaistos and Malia, respectively, thereby building the first great European civilization.

 On Pera Tsoutsouros, we meet Kerkelos region (or sole of Zeus), in which the people of ancient Inatos tied their ships. Here traces of ancient Inatos have been found inside and out of the water. In the south, the coast is full of beautiful caves and unique karst formations. In one of them, Drakospilia, is said that the residents found a skeleton of a dragon, which was burnt in order to make room and to dig for ancient traces. Although the fact sounds imaginary, there are many witnesses of (still living) people who saw it, that puzzled scientists. Eastern of the beach, a Minoan settlement named Aliori, was excavated.