Mount Olympus, the legendary home of the ancient gods

by Victor Grigore, Webphoto.ro

For Greeks the image of the cloud covered peaks was so impressive, that they considered Mount Olympus as the meeting place between heaven and earth, and there for, the house of their gods. The Greek pantheon comprised 12 gods: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Ares, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Dionysus, which were followed by other gods not living in Olympos.
Mount Olympus is indeed the highest ground in Greece, with the top Mytikas reaching 2.919 m. Such was the importance of this natural habitat that it was the first proclaimed national park in 1938. It is one of the rarest places in the world where you can climb almost 3000 m in altitude starting from see level, as the Aegean See can be admired from above.
The starting point of the ascension is the city of Litochoro from which there is an asphalt road all the way up to Prionia (1.100 m). From there you can take the path to the chalet called Refuge A (2180) and then to Scala peak (2866m).

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