THERE ARE STILL MANY PLACES ON EARTH THAT ARE A CLEAR WITNESS OF THE FACT THE CONTINENTAL PLATES WERE ONCE PLACED DIFFERENTLY ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH. ONE OF THOSE PLACES IS GIBRALTAR. THE FAR MOST SOUTHERN TIP OF THE IBERIAN PENSINSULA IS THE LAST REMINDER OF THE FACT EUROPE AND AFRICA WERE ONCE ONE. THE BREAKING OF THE CONTINENT AND CREATION OF THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR HAS GIVEN FOOD TO MANY LEGENDS AND MYTHS.
When Hercules had to perform twelve labours, one of them was to fetch the Cattle of Geryon in Spain and bring it to Eurystheus. On his way to the island of Erytheia he had to cross the mountain that was once Atlas. Instead of climbing the great mountain, he cut corners and put his mind to work. He decided to use his great strength to smash through the colossal mountain that used to be a colossal giant. Hercules split it in half using his indestructible mace or club (Myths vary). By doing so, he connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and formed the Strait of Gibraltar. One part of the split mountain is Gibraltar and the other is Monte Hacho. These two mountains taken together have since then been known as the Pillars of Hercules or Heracles.
The Rock of Gibraltar and its opponent peak in North Africa are reason for many travellers to visit the small strait that connects the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean. The impressive mountain on the Spanish part is known as the Rock, the other one has lost its real name through the mists of time. But we are happy to announce that both mountain halves of what was once said to have been the massive Mount Atlas have once again been reunited and carry the names of Christian and Juan Carlos.
Even though both Christian and Juan Carlos are from Spanish origin, they have another thing in common with the two Pillars of Hercules. Christian is known, but Juan Carlos is still a mystery. That however is going to come to an end very soon. For now we'll simply have to suffice with the fact that after having seen this duo shoot by Dutch photographer Gert Kist, your visit to Gibraltar will never bee the same again. Having seen these real life rocks of Gibraltar, who can still look at that phenomenal and legendary mountain without imagining one of both of these fine young men? You tell me. –BM-
GERT KIST | BEAUTIFULMAG