Crowning the southern-most part of the Aegean, Crete has been standing there
for centuries, proud bearer of its past; a past that blends myth and historical
fact, power and demise, leadership and defeat, but never subjugation, never
weakness. Its terrain unpredictable... filled with mountain ranges, intense
and defying, serene plateaus - blessed with the rich vegetation that only
gods could bestow on this island - interspersed with wide expanses of serene valleys
and gentle hills, that meet the waters of the sea, some times with fierce
determination, others with quiet resolve.
The island of King Minos and a
civilization that left its mark on the world, faced the voracious appetite
of conquerors from mainland Greece, Rome, Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire,
the Venetians, was raided by pirates and invaded by armies who cruised the
Mediterranean in search of riches and power.
The proof of this in every
corner of the land; in Chania, Rethymno, Iraklio, Lassithi. Finds of long-forgotten civilizations, castles with thick walls and deep
moats, monasteries and churches, standing along-side minarets and mosques,
they are all testaments to the turbulent past of this corner of Greece. And the people!!!...
Proud as the mountains, strong as the waves that beat upon its shores, yet
gentle and generous, bearers of age-old traditions and culture.
the birthplace of gods and heroes, divine artists and inspired politicians:
Zeus and Minos, El Greco, Kornaros, Kazatzakis, Venizelos ... From myth,
to antiquity, to renaissance, to modern Greek history, figures who contributed
of themselves to what today makes up Crete, Greece and to some extend Western