The eternal springs of Kyra & the nymphe Herkyna
The eternal springs of Kyra & the nymphe Herkyna Livadeia Reviews
The eternal springs of Kyra & the nymphe Herkyna Dec 01, 2012
The region of boeotia in the central part of greece was the home to some major mythological stories of ancient greece. The mountain helikon for example, was the abode of the muses and is the source of the herkyna river which in turn the source of the springs of kyra where in the mythological times - the home of the water naiad (nymphe) herkyna.
the springs of kyra is a waterwold of small cascades and groettos that seems to be eternally green and lush even in early winter.
according to an old mythological legend (which has so many versions), the water around kyra was the "playground" of persephone or "kore" in the prehistoric times of ancienct greece (the daughter of demeter, the goddess of the fertility of the earth) and her childhood companion - the naiad herkyna. As they were playing in the springs, the goose which herkyna was holding in her hands escaped from her and hid in the cave, and persephone ran after it, as she went inside the cave - water suddenly came gushing out forming the springs and trapping persephone into the underworld - which was the way of hades to lure persephone (in some ancient versions) to the underworld and never to return. The river, was named herkyna by the ancients greeks in honor of the naiad which was the childhood friend of persephone. *disclaimer* - coz there are many versions of the story.
the springs of kyra is located in the very heart of the small city of livadeia in boeotia. At first glance, the city seemed to be sleepy except for a great fastfood joint that serves the best chicken burger i had ever eaten (forgot the name) its located just outside the old town of the city and its really so cheap coz it caters the students from the university in livadeia.
you have to ask the locals or someone who really knows greek history to be able to tell the secret of livadeia. It is hard not to miss it since if you are in the old town - there are directions that leads to it and the flowing and gushing of water can be heard. There are also many cafe's to sit and have coffee/tea/drinks after the exploration amd best of all the springs of kyra are free! No entrance ticket usw.
in modern times however - there are many watermills that uses the fast rapids of herkyna river and had built stone structures and stone bridges around the springs of kyra for better viewing of the public. It is a lush paradise of water and greenery and if youre into water exposure photography (like me) its a heaven to photograph the small cascades of water that seems to flow endlessly since the very beginning of the ancient greek time, so old and so full of ancient history and mythology.
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