Cave of the Centaur
At a distance of 20 km from Volos and at an altitude of 600 meters, one comes across the village of Agios Lavrentios in an area with a unique mountainous environment and violent waters of the river Vrynonas running through gullies in the slopes of the mountain, giving a wild beauty to the village. Every year many people come to enjoy elements of the natural environment, such as the cave of Centaur Heron. According to mythology, in this cave lived the greatest and most known Centaur, Heron. Centaurs did not all belong to the same tribe; some were fond of war, loved good life and were hostile towards people. However, there was also another tribe with different characteristics; they loved sciences, arts, they were excellent hunters and pursued friendly relations with humans comparing to the other tribes. The latter was Heron’s tribe. Ancient Greeks highly appreciated Heron, a fact shown by naming the known constellation of Sagittarius after him. The wise Heron was a mentor for important mythological characters such as Jason, Hercules, Achilles and Asclepius. Heron taught them medicine, hunting, music, justice and showed them how to respect each other and how to praise the Gods. Heron had a Devine ancestry; he was raised in the forests of Mountain Pelion and developed a great reputation, which was spread throughout Greece, attracting many people who wanted to be taught by his wisdom and knowledge. The death of the Centaur Heron is one of the most famous stories of the Greek Mythology; after being hit by an arrow that deprived his immortality he asked for mercy from the Greek gods who felt sorry for him and gave him a sweet death turning him into a constellation among other celestial bodies.