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Höhle des Zeus

The Cave of Zeus is a show cave located in Ku?adas?, Ayd?n Province, in the Aegean Region of western Turkey.
The cave is within Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park, immediately west of the town of Güzelçaml? in Ku?adas? district. It is situated about 200 m west of the national park's entrance at Dilek Peninsula. The cave is reached by a 20 m long slippery, stoney trail southwards. The cave's mouth is hidden from view, as it is covered with trees, plants and flowers. The cave can be accessed from the district's center of Ku?adas? via dolmu?, which shuttle the route to and from Güzelcaml? regularly.

The cave was formed as a result of a sinkhole eroding a kalk formation by a subterranean river. Its base has the shape of a pool. The blue-green colored carbonated mineral water of the cave is a brackish mixture of spring water from the mountain and salty seawater. The deep pool attracts the attention of local and foreign visitors year-round for bathing and swimming.
According to Ancient Greek mythology, Zeus, the Olympian ruler of the skies, used to hide in the cave to escape the fury of his brother Poseidon, the ruler of the seas after Zeus angered him. Poseidon, in his wrath, would unleash very high waves and other dangerous water conditions with his trident. As a popular habit visitors tie a cloth piece on a wishing tree next to the cave's mouth in the hope that their wish comes true.

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