Time-lapse Mount Olympus - Home of the Gods
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Mount Olympus (Ὄλυμπος) is the highest mountain in Greece also known in Greek mythology as the "home" of the twelve Olympian gods.
From its highest peak, the Mytikas, at an altitude of about 2.918 meters, we can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the gulf.
Mount Olympus is located between Pieria (Πιερία) in the southern part of Macedonia (Μακεδονία) and Thessaly (Θεσσαλία), due to its incomparable natural beauty in 1938 was the first area declared as a National Park, in 1981 UNESCO declared Olympus a "World's Biosphere Reserve", moreover it was recognized as one of the most important Bird Areas of the European Community and registered in the Natura 2000 as a "Special Protection Area" and "Site of Community Importance".
Olympus covers a large land area, its territory offers a variety of attractions and opportunities for visitors, some cities play an important role in classical mythology, Dion (Δίο), a picturesque village in Pieria, is located at the foot of Mount Olympus, it is well known as the sacred city of Macedonians entirely dedicated to Zeus and the twelve gods while the ancient Piblia and Livithra are closely related to the myth of Orpheus. People who would like to better appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of this area can explore it on foot by reaching the Ancient Leibithra, the place of burial of fabulous Orpheus. A curiosity: close to Leptokaria (Λεπτοκαρυά), at the foothills of mount Olympus, a very rare phenomenon occurs, the magnetic field of Livithra, a stopped car going up to the hill by its own energy or the water on the road flowing up will impress us all, scientists have been so far unable to give an explanation to this phenomenon.
In a strategic position southeast of Mount Olympus overlooking the sea is located the Hellenistic-byzantine Platamon Castle (το κάστρο του Πλαταμώνα), east Olympus the rural settlement of Skotina (Σκοτίνα), really picturesque with its stone houses, attracts a number of visitors who enjoy its incredible views including the Zyliana River (once named Sys).
The whole territory of Mount Olympus with the magical atmosphere that surrounds it is worth exploring or visiting and admiring at least once in life.
A toll free emergency number (112) for all European countries and the radio frequency VHF 146.500 of the Greek Rescue Team are always available in case of problems.