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.
THEATER OF ORCHOMENOS
Honoring the Graces
Inscriptions scattered among the marble seats of a single cavea refer to music, theater and poetry competitions, held at this theater in honor of the Graces, the major deities of the city. However, the three Graces, daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, were not the only ones to be honored. By building a theater on top of earlier Mycenaean tombs, the Boeotians established a ``pilgrimage`` to the founders of their land, replacing offers to the gods with paeans, hymns and theater plays.