crete-card.com - Panoramas from all over Crete

  • Matala - A View To The Rocks

  • Mount Ida - At The Resting Area

  • Rethymnon - The Beach

  • Moni Preveli - The Inner Courtyard

  • Moni Arkadi - Front View Of The Church

  • Elafonisi - The Cross-Sea Island

  • Plakias - A View From The Distance

  • Sir Arthur Evans, "The Palace of Minos", Vol.1 2

    Wild peas or vetches arise from the rocks,
    that bear both pods and flowers in their ears,
    clusters of Cretan Iris, apparantly, orange-blue
    and even rose for a change
    margined with dark reddish green.

  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (VIII, 183-235)

    Daidalos however, being tired of Crete and the tedious ban,
    longing for home and the land of the youth,
    was surrounded by sea. 'He might block lands and billows',
    he said, 'but the heaven's space is free. There we want to go.
    May he be the God of everything, but Minos is not the God of air'.

  • Homer's Description of Crete (from Johann Heinrich Voß)

    Crete is a land in the dark waved sea,
    fertile and graceful and surrounded by water. Countless people
    are living there and their cities are ninety: ...
    ... Their kings' city is Knossos, where Minos reigned,
    who at the age of nine spoke to Zeus, the great God.

  • From "Zorba The Greek" by Nikos Kazantzakis

    All of the problems that I, tied to a chair,
    knot by knot tried to solve in my loneliness,
    this man up in the mountains, in the open air,
    already solved a long time ago with his saber.

  • Mikis Theodorakis about Crete

    I remember it exactly, that I could smell the island,
    long before I could see it from the ship
    - because of its strange citrus note.
    Then I saw fog over the sea and soon after that the
    bright crests of the white mountains became visible.

  • Epitaph from Nikos Kazantzakis


    I hope anything.
    I fear anything.
    I am free.

  • By Anna Michailidou,
    "Knossos – A Guide Through The Palace Of Minos"

    But Ikaros did not listen to the incantations of his father
    not to fly too high. The sun made the wax, that held his wings
    together, melt. The sapling rushed down and drowned
    in the sea, which today bears his name. ...

  • By Anna Michailidou,
    "Knossos – A Guide Through The Palace Of Minos"

    There, Zeus united with Europa in Gortys and she gave birth
    to three sons: Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon.
    ...After his death her son Minos reigned over Crete
    according to the laws his father gave him all nine years.

  • An excerpt of the poem 'Cretica' from Epimenides

    They fashioned a tomb for thee, O holy and high one.
    The Cretans, always liars, evil beasts, idle bell
    But thou art not dead: thou livest and abidest forever,
    For in thee we live and move and have our being.