Lerna a vanished gate to the underworld

Today, I will take you to Lerna, a place with a long history, in Greece of course, where the Gods lay.

We can see a nice ancient archeological site, called  The House of Tiles, but before let’s go on the road of history. Lerna was considered the gate to the underworld. In this region  used to be a lake and some springs. The  secret  of  the springs was given to Amymore, daughter of Danaus, by Poseidon himself.  According to geographer Strabo the springs were considered healing waters. The lake that vanished in time, was long ago the gate to the Underworld,  heroes could gain access to the Underworld, but for  the mortals the lake was perilous. In this lake was the lair of the Lernaean Hydra, the snake with many  heads.  She was the gate keeper of the Underworld. There were offerings made for the gate keeper.

Dionysus, was summoned as son of the Bull with a strange archaic trumpet, while a lamb  was cast into the waters of Lerna, as an offering for the  Lernaean Hydra.

Lernaean Hydra had many heads, and if you would have cut one, two would grow instead of one . The  Lerna Gate keeper of the Underworld was slayed by  Heracles, as his second labor as the legend say.

In the same region as I said earlier is an archeological site, called  The House of Tiles,  the structure dates from early Helladic II period (2500-2300 BC), probably was an administrative center or a proto – palace for the elite, the exact function remains unknown.

The house was a massive rectangular two stories high with a roofed balcony upstairs. The name comes from the baked clay tiles found in its ruins, might be also the earliest roof tiles known. Let’s have a walk inside.

 

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