Prinses Europe and the God Zeus


This strong bull is actually the transformed God Zeus and on his back sits the Princess Europe who holds the world and the symbol of peace in her hands. Around 4000 years ago these 2 made love under a plane tree in Gortyna Crete and gave birth to the famous king Minos, ruler of Crete and king of the minoan palace in Knossos. For over 1000 years King Minos assured peace on the island Crete and created the highest civilisation in Europe.

Gortyn’s olive tree

This olive tree probably saw the Romans build the tempel and odeon in the ancient city of Gortyna during the first century AD. But it also saw the city being destroyed by the Arabs in 828AD. After this destruction live was quiet around it, and then from the 19th century on escavations started in the area and the tree came to its right as all these years it was embrasing and protecting a pillar put there by the Romans.