Damianos Cave | Zakynthos | The Myth of the Dragon and the Twelve Wells
Updated: Jun 13
George Papadellis | SG Head
Damianos Cave is located at the southern exit of the picturesque village of Agalas in Zakynthos island. The cave is two-storey, with stalactites and stalagmites, has two visible entrances (one on top of the other), and it is worth visiting to enjoy its coolness and its magnificent view to the hills with dense vegetation and the sea in horizon.
The legend says that a dragon with a height of more than 300 m lived in the cave and was called Andronios. Andronios was in conflict with the lord of the village, Damianos, who challenged him to a battle and defeated him, punishing him to open twelve wells, one for each month of the year, to water and irrigate the area.
From the cave, Damianos watched Andronios day and night to make sure that he was executing his punishment well. But the idea of revenge had not left Andronios' mind. As soon as he finished the 12th well, he attacked Damianos, who, however, defeated him again, and this time killed him with the help of his horse in the cave, where there is a fossil
that looks like a horse's head.
How to get there
The route to the cave passes through narrow uphill streets, traditional stone houses and beautiful vegetation. The cave is on a hill, and among pines and olive groves.
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History and Facts
In fact, the wells were built by Venetians around the 11th century. The 11th is visible on the ground, while the 12th is buried underground. They belong to individuals, whose names are written on each well, and are located in a cultivated common area of vineyards and olive trees. They are still used today by their owners for water supply.