The mythical Garden of Hesperedes
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So, this was my last day. I got up to another sunny morning but, there were quite a bit of clouds that I could see. This did not bode well for a trip to the Caldera.
I got ready for my day then consulted Mona, again. She had already checked the weather and webcams and there was zero visibility, -4 Celsius, and very windy.
She suggested a trip around the northern part of the island as I could not make it that far the other day. That sounded like a good plan.
I headed north along the coastal road, stopping now and then for some amazing views near Los TIlos.
I passed through Los Sauces and was continuing north when …….another road block, and this time there was a man standing in the road with it. Ok, plan ruined again. I turned around a headed south. I stopped briefly at a panoramic lookout where I was able to see the city of Los Sauces and its place on the mountain…..a nice view.
I stopped again, near Los TIlos, at the Monument Al Jardin De La Hesperedes. This is a monument to the Garden of the Gods. Here’s a bit about the connection to Islas Canarias.
Hesiod -a Greek poet of the 8th century B.C.- wrote about the legendary Garden of Hesperydes. The story starts with Atlas.
Atlas was a Giant, titan Japeto's son. The titans were defeated by Zeus, king of the gods, who confined them in the Tartarus -the hell.
Be that as it may, Atlas had to hold up the sky beyond the Columns of Hercules -the Strait of Gibraltar. Atlas had three daughters, the Hesperydes: Egle, Eritia and Aretusa. The three lived in the most westernly land of the world, some wonderful islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a Garden of Eden where weather was always mild and where golden apples grew on the trees. Goddess Gea (Mother Earth) made sprout those apples as a wedding gift to the king and queen of the gods, Zeus and Hera.
Since the Garden of Hesperydes' dragon knew Atlas, Hercules persuaded him to go to the islands and steal the apples, while he stayed as supporter of the sky in his place. Atlas went to the Garden in which he could enter since the dragon recognized him, killed the monster, stole the golden apples and returned to the place where Hercules stayed.