The unknown Greece - mini travel guides
Olympus: the mountain of Gods and Muses
You are invited to meet the mountain of Gods and Muses, the mythical Olympus
Friends of Nature Greece and Pieria Environmental Friends 2008 which is also part of the Greek
NatureFriends network, on the occasion of 100 years after the first ascent on mount Olympus ,
publish this leaflet so as to promote Olympus the mountain of the Gods and the Muses.
This leaflet about Olympus is the first one of a comming series about the “unknown
Greece”. It's got the characteristics of a small tourist guide and aims to provide useful and
reliable information causing both Greek and international interest in alternative forms of
In nowadays economic, political and environmental crisis exarcebate with dramatic social
impact. Nevertheless, Naturefriends have an important role in protecting the natural and
urban environment and also in contributing by their own means in Greece's development.
You are invited to visit Greece, to follow the “steps of the Olympian Gods”, admire the
views and the scenery, enjoy the colours, scents and sounds of the mountain and, of
course, get refreshed in Enipeas cool water.
Olympus: The “residence” of the 12 Olympian
Gods and the 9 Muses
On the highest Greek mountain, the snowcovered
Olympus (2918m / 9573ft), with the steep slopes and the
incredible views, the ancient Greeks have chosen to
place the residence of the 12 Olympian Gods and the 9
Ancient Greeks worshiped the 12 Olympian Gods, that
had exactly the same vices and virtues with the mortals.
They were: Zeus, king of the gods and ruler of mount
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Olympus, Hera, wife and sister of Zeus, the goddess of
mariage, Athena, goddess of wisdom, Artemis, goddess
of wildlife and hunt, Demeter, goddess of nature,
agriculture and fertility, Poseidon, god of the seas and
water in general, Apollo, god of light, music and
harmony, Hephaestus, master blacksmith and craftsman
of the first recorded robot, Talos protector of Crete, Ares,
god of war and conflict, Hermes, god of commerce,
pilgrims and messanger of the gods, Hestia, a virgin
goddess of the right ordering of the domesticity,
Aphrodite goddess of love, beauty and desire.
The majority of them (apart from Poseidon who lived in
the sea and Ares who lived in Thrace) had their palaces
on mount Olympus and all of them were built by
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Olympus the mountain of Gods and Muses