Greece: Icarus and Dedalos in Agia Galini

According to the popular Greek myth, Dedalos was the one who advised Princess Ariadne to give Theseus the thread that helped him come out from the infamous Labyrinth, after killing the Minotaur. The Labyrinth was a maze built by Dedalos; King Minos wanted a building suitable to imprison the mythical monster Minotaur, and according to the myth, he used to imprison his enemies in the labyrinth, making sure that they would be killed by the monster.

Minos was infuriated when he found out about the betrayal and imprisoned Dedalos and his son Icarus in the Labyrinth. However, Dedalos was too smart and inventive and he started thinking how he and Icarus would escape the Labyrinth. Knowing they could not come out on foot and that the shores of Crete were perfectly guarded, prohibiting them to be able to escape by sea either. The only way left was by air.

Dedalos managed to create gigantic wings, using branches of osier and connected them with wax. He taught Icarus how to fly, but told him to keep away from the sun because the heat would make the wax melt, destroying the wings. Dedalos and Icarus managed to escape the Labyrinth and flew to the sky, free.  Although he was warned, Icarus was too young and too enthusiastic about flying. As a result, he flew too close to the sun, melting his wings and causing him to fall into the sea and drowned. The Icarian Sea, where he fell, was named after him.

The statue of father and son can be found adjacent to the town’s port.

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