National Geographic : 1953 Nov
694 Iaul G. Alnasy Candia's Cathedral Rises from a Sea of Tile Roofs. Mount Ida Lifts a Snowy Head Saracen raiders, converting Candia into a fortress, circled it with a huge moat and palisade. Venetians later enlarged the fortifications to withstand the Turks for 21 years-modern history's most prolonged siege. Mount Ida (8,878 feet), pinnacle of Crete, is a fabled birthplace of Zeus.