In Greek Mythology, two sacred mountains are called Mount Ida which means the Mountain of the Goddess ; Mount Ida in Crete, and Mount Ida in Turkey
Mount Ida in Turkey is located on the Aegean shore of Anatolia, near the site of ancient Troy. Here lies the classical shrine where Paris is said to have judged the beauty of three Greek goddesses: Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. This event was also considered as the origin of the Trojan War owing to the jealousy of the goddesses. Later when the full fury erupted, the war itself was witnessed by the mythological Gods, from a high point of Mount Ida, which at 1,800m (5,800 ft) provided a bird's eye view of the hostilities
I live in a village in the Turkish Ida, nestling amongst the olive groves and pine forests, southeast of the ruins of Troy. On a southern promontory of my village the Altar of Zeus (Zeus Altari), overlooks the Aegean Sea; the Gulf of Edremit and Lesbos Island.
Blessed with magnificent landscapes, restful green forests, the springs and rivers of the area carry down rough stones and pebbles to the sea. Here the deep blue waters of the Aegean wear them out, grind them smooth and wash them ashore...almost as if the hands of Aphrodite had suffused them with a new life.
In my neighbourhood Zeus once walked , and these are his stones as only the gods could have chosen to live in such a beautiful place and only this sacred earth could have such stones . More »