Boeotia | Εmerging from the myth
Crete, Greece | historical, natural, museum
Where Hercules and Oedipus were born, where Rhea tricked Cronus and the faithful took a vow of silence, where the Graces bathed Aphrodite in the springs and Kabeiros, Pais and Demeter Kabeiriia were worshiped.
Nea Odos is responsible for the study, design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of the concession project “Ionia Odos,” an ambitious road of a total length of 380 km.
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ST. LUKE MONASTERY
The mythical hill
On a verdant olive slope of Mt. Helicon, where goddess Demeter Steiritida used to be worshiped, the Monastery of St. Luke, one of Greece's most important Middle Byzantine monuments, was erected. The monastery's multifarious buildings, decorated with beautiful mosaics, are praising the life of a holy man who accomplished a great charity and therapeutic work and had the gift of prophesying the future. Nowadays, the monastery is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Monuments. Famed throughout the Byzantine world for its lavish decoration, it now takes travelers back to the forgotten glory that unfolds in the scenes presented on its walls.
Pilgrimage to the unknown
A place of mystic ceremonies and events, the shrine of Kabeirian gods housed the cult of Kabeiros, the divine child who was in his service and goddess Demeter Kabeiriia. Pilgrims were visiting the area, offering their initiation, to gain the favor of the gods and hence the fertility of both the land and their herds. The price was their silence. A silence which even today covers like a veil the details of the rituals that took place in the Theban Kabeirion.
KOURETES, THE BOISTEROUS DANCERS
The gods are dancing
The Kouretes were whimsical and master dancers who invented and performed, for the very first time, the ``Pyrrhic dance,`` a dance in armor. Goddess Athena also performed the same dance when she was born. Greeks employed dancing to experience the divine. In Sparta young boys danced in honor of Apollo, while young girls honored Artemis. The Athenians danced the pyrrhichios during the Panathenaic Games. The Kouretes also invented a drum using a stretched animal skin and gave it as a present to Rhea, Zeus’ mother. She offered the drum to the Satyrs, who employed it when dancing in honour of Dionysus.