History of Mount IDA
Mount IDA (Kaz Dagi), 1774 m. / 5820 ft. height mountain,
is located near the Edremit Bay between Ayvacik and Edremit. From Canakkale, follow the
road to Bayramic ( 60 Km.), then carry on about 20 Km to Mount Ida National Park.
The site is blessed with magnificent landscapes, restful green forests, and several
springs and rivers. The Mount IDA is also very popular in Greek mythology like Olympos
Mountain, due to its role in legendary Trojan war. According to the Greek Mythology,
the first beauty contest was held in Mount IDA among the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera and Athena.
This event was also considered as the origin of the Trojan War due to the jealousy of goddesses.
According to the greek mythology, The gods and goddesses were
feasting together in order to celebrate the marriage of Peleus and Thetis. Eris, the goddess
of discort, get very angry to not to be invited to the marriage. Then, she secretly came to
the feast place, and put a golden apple, which was written "To The Fairest", on the feast
table. After some controversy, Zeus ordered to held a contest for the fairest among Aphrodite,
Hera and Athena according to the judgement of a mortal. That mortal was chosen as the son
of the Trojan King Priamos, Paris. May be the first bribes in the history were offered to
Paris by the three goddesses in order to win the contest. Hera offered Paris power and richness,
if he decided in her favor. Athena proposed the wisdom and glory in wars. Finally, Aphrodite
offered the most attractive one to Paris. She promised to give him the love of the most beautiful
woman, Helen, in the world. Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite. Afterwards Hera and Athena became
enemies of the Trojans. According to the legendary Trojan War, these events triggered the Paris
move to Sparta in order to take Helen, the wife of Sparta King Menealus , to Troy. This was
mentioned as the reason for the famous Trojan war between Spartans and Trojans (see Troy War section).