Cave of the Bear
Cave of the Bear - The cave of the bear or the Virgin Mary Arkoudiotissa lies on the path from Gouverneto to Gatholiko. A chapel is inside the cave dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Near the entrance of the cave are a gray stalagmite in the form of a bear and a small pond in front of it. According to local legend, the Virgin Mary did the bear stone when she went to drink the water of the monk. Archaeologists claim that in antiquity the cave was a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Artemis, which was transformed into a bear. The cave was sacred since ancient times. Inside found relief inscriptions with Apollo and Artemis. Even there worshipped the bear-goddess Artemis something that continues until today, only its position, in celebration of Akrotiri on February 2. It is well known that the ancient Greeks when they find in caves formations which had forms of animal deities persons etc. the altars used as objects of worship. The cave is an old riverbed now has ceased to exist, of course, and consists of a large hall with sufficient but afflicted adornment and blackened by the fires. There is a smaller second Chamber from where someone penetrates through a very narrow passage. After the Chamber that there is another small cave but it is too small in width and not able to go through.