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Cave of Zeus

Sited near the coastal town of Güzelçamlı in western Turkey, the Cave of Zeus lies on the periphery of Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park. While the cave’s entrance is visually obstructed by olive trees and wildflowers, it receives a steady circulation of visitors who descend some 50 feet down a stone pathway to reach a cold pool fed by mountain runoff and seawater. 

The cave is a sacred point of interest known for its unusual place in local mythology. Legend has it that Zeus would take refuge in the cave whenever he angered his brother Poseidon, ruler of the sea and storms. An enraged Poseidon would whip up a deadly tempest, and Zeus would take cover in this subterranean lair. 

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