High School of Larissa
Olympus-the mountain of the gods
When you just face the mountain but
mainly when you climb up Olympus you have the feeling
that the gods have never left their palaces and that you
will meet the Muses somewere.
Mighty Mount Olympus was the heavenly home of the gods
in ancient times and still inspires thousands of
visitors who flock here from all over the world to
tackle the tough trek to the highest peak in Greece .
The entire area was declared Greece 's first national
park in 1937 and consists of eight peaks including the
"Throne of Zeus" at 2909 metres and Mytikas which has
the highest summit at 2919 metres
Olympus is situated between the prefectures of Larissa
and Pieria. It separates Thessaly from Macedonia.
The park is located 100
kilometres to the south west of Thessaloniki .
mountain range is home to around 1700 plant species,
many of which are unique to Olympus . The mountainsides
are cloaked in dense forests of pine, beech, oak and
cedar trees which harbour various wildlife including
wolves, bears and lynx. The slopes are buried beneath
two metres of snow in winter and only accessible to the
most experienced climbers - even in July the snow lurks
in shadowed corners and crevices.
visitor will experience unforgetable moments when he
climbs up the mountain. He can walk a long lots of paths
and admire the wild and imposing beauty of the mountain.
The easiest acces to the mountain is from the village
called Litohoro. There is a road which leads to Stavros
(945 m altitude) and from there you can go to Prionia.
The longest part of the road is tarred. The visitor
takes pleasure in seeing magnificent landscapes on the
way to the summit.
The area around Olympus has been inhabited since the
ancient times. The mountain played an important role in
the ancient Greek lives; this can be seen from the fact
that it was the centre of the Greek religious
consciousness and was considered to be the residence of
the 12 Olympian gods, the Muses and many other gods and
godesses. The ruins of the ancient cities Livithra,
Pythio and Dion testify this.