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Cave of Itanos Eilithia

The cave of Itanos Eilithiais located at the entrance of the village of Tsoutsouros at the base of the rock. As it was revealed in 1962, this is an important worship center of the Late Minoan period, probably dedicated to the goddess of childbirth,Eilithia, who was worshiped in Crete as a symbol of maternity and fertility. The temples of Eilithia were mainly located in caves, a fact that reveals her long – term worship. It is reported that the worship in caveshad been adjourned for 600 years and then resumed in Roman times. The peak periods of the sanctuary are considered to be the Geometric and Roman times. Nowadays the most important findings of the cave are exhibited at the Archeological Museum of Heraklion.

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