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The Monastery Agia Triada, Sparmou

After leaving the narrow curves of the last kilometer behind, the building is suddenly in full force in front of the visitor. Through a high gate one drives to the fortress-like plant. A tower overlooks the high exterior walls, which are interrupted only by small, barred windows from the second floor. At the northern part, four massive retaining walls reinforce the statics of the outer wall, which is about one meter thick. The ground plan is a pentagon, the church (Katholikon) is the central building. The monks' cells run around them. The wooden entrance door is covered with iron and is very stable. It can take a while before one of the monks opens after ringing and lets the visitor in. Read more ...




The Thematic Park Ancient Leivithra

Above Leptokarya, on the banks of the Ziliana, is the ancient Leivithra. The name means channels. It is located in an old plane tree forest, nearby the acropolis of the ancient Leivithra at the foothill of Mount Olympos. In Greek mythology, Leivithra is the birthplace of the poet and musician Orpheus, son of Muse Kalliope. For this reason the paths of the park were designed in the form of his musical instrument, a lyre. Read more...





The Olympus National Park Information Center

Before you visit the Olympus National Park, it is a good idea to look at the Olympic National Park Information Center. It was opened in June 2016 and is located just outside the village of Litochoro. Follow the signs that lead you to the peaks. After about 800 meters you find the building, opposite the sports complex, on the right side of the road (N 40.110090, O 22.499050). Read more ...






Leivithra - The Mythology

From the viewpoint of Greek mythology, for the archaic Leivithra were the nine muses of Olympus and the singer and poet Orpheus significant.
Homer mentioned the Muses already in the Iliad. According to Hesiod, they are the nine daughters of Zeus and the Mnemosyne. As they came from Pieria, he called them Pierides. Other well-known names are Mnemonids or Olympiades. Hesiod himself met with them and received from their hands the gift of music. Read more...





The Monastery of Saint Dionysios

In 1542 it was founded by the Saint Dionysius and devoted to the Holy Trinity. Surrounded by strong high walls and towered by a watchtower, it resembled a small fortress. During various conflicts it served as a shelter for civilians, but also for fighting troops. Today the visitor can see a ruin from the outside. In its history the monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Read more...






The new Monastery of Saint Dionysios

The monastery is not assigned to any local bishop but it is stavropegial . This means that it can act largely free because it is directly attributed to the Patriarch.
The original part of the monastery is provided with a heavy iron door and thus separated from the rest of the facility. Access to this area is only allowed for men. Read more...






The Monastery Kanalon

Already the journey from Leptokarya to the monastery Kanalon is an experience. The road to Karya winds up the mountain in serpentines. There are always interesting views. After about 18 kilometers drive, shortly after the source "Samaras" has passed, one finds after a right curve the departure to the monastery. Before entering the monastery, take a look at the surroundings. Down in the valley, except in the summer, the river Siliana separates the high and the lower Olymp. The streams flowing in the spring in the area, which feed the Siliana, gave the place its name: Kanalon means canals. Read more ...




Olympus Mountain Rescue

"Let's meet at the Petrostrouga next weekend," Nektarios suggested when I asked for an interview. The Petrostrouga , the name means stone animal shelter, is a mountain hut, at an altitude of 1940 m on the east side of Mount Olympus.
So I drove early in the morning through Litochoro up the mountain towards Prionia. At the parking lot Gortsia (N 40.102956, O 22.442775) I bobbed up the motorcycle and made me on the way. Circa 2.5 hours should be the ascent, but I strolled through the mountain forest, photographed some chamois and so it took a little longer until I reached the hut. Read more ...




The Geological Structure of Mount Olympus

About 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period, Greece was part of the Kimmerian continent, comprised of the Apulian and Rhodopian Continent and the Tethys and Palaiotethys Ocean. By the shift of the coming Kimmerian and the Apulian continental plates against the European Rhodopische Platte from 130 million years (Cretaceous period) a new country formed. These plates displaced the Palaiotethys Ocean, and formed Italy and western Greece by storming the land mass. Read more ...





In Barely three Hours of Walking to the Summit

If the usual ascent from Litochoro is too lengthy or too cumbersome, or if you want to go a different route to the peaks of Olympus, you should deal with this route. Especially for people who are able to walk uphill for a few hours but do not have the condition for long-term climbs, this route is a real alternative. The price is a longer drive (about 70 km from Leptokarya), for which a cross country vehicle (SUV is sufficient) is recommended. Read more ...





Information for Mountain Tours

Get informed about the ascent over the weather. Do not deviate from the given routes. Do not try to shorten the route. The consequences can be life-threatening. Check out the difficulty of your hiking itinerary. Ensure the right equipment: Warm clothing (even in the summer, the temperature in the peak region can drop to the freezing point), mountain boots, water, sun protection, etc. Read more ...






The Alexandrion at Litochoro

Situated just off the Thessaloniki - Athens motorway, the Alexandrion is just outside the Litochoro exit. The combination of classical Greek construction with modern materials gives it a dominant yet attractive form. Greeks from Macedonia had the idea to erect a monument in their homeland at the foot of Mount Olympus, near the Zeus Shrine in Dion, a symbol of their bond with their homeland and at the same time a place of encounter. What was nearer than devoting to the most important son of the country, Alexander the Great. Read more ...





The Maritime History of Litochoro

The settlement in today's Litochoro began 380 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius. He sent people from Greek islands to Mount Olympus to settle here. Unfortunately the exact origin of most people is not known, only the island of Limnos is considered a safe place of origin. Since most of the islanders were seafarers, it was obvious that they would continue to work in the new home. Litochoro did not have a port at that time, but curiously harbor police and a customs station. The owners of the ships lived therefore in Thessaloniki, in the area around the church Agia Triada. This part of Thessaloniki is still today the home of the sailors from Litochoro. Read more ...





The Geological Museum of Leptokarya

Parallel to the pedestrian zone runs the Giorgaki Olympiou Street. Here, Jorgos Arzanas and Landa-Anna Lukasebtis have realized their dream and set up a small museum. On the first floor there are ancient exhibits, not just from Greece. In general it can be said that the two owners want to establish a link between the Olympian region and other parts of Greece and the world. Your type of lecture is interactive, so it involves the visitor. In contrast to other museums, many exhibits are at hand. Read more ...





The Restoration of a Mosaic

There is already much written about the ancient site of the Zeus Shrine in Dion. There are also numerous articles on the Internet. That is why I would like to devote myself here to a less known detail - the mosaics of Dion. And here, in particular, the restoration of the great Dionysos . In the summer of 1982 archaeologists found the most important mosaic of the extensive excavation site under a layer of soil (the excavations still last). Protected by the cover layer it is almost completely preserved. Read more ...





The Nautic Museum of Litochoro

It is about preserving the tradition , says Jannis Triandafillou, chairman of the retired seafarers' association in Litochoro. The few people around us know about our maritime tradition, and here in the village, too, they are slowly falling into oblivion. To prevent this, retired sailors have established a club . Until far into the 20th century, Litochoro was home to many shipowners and sailors. When the steamships displaced the sail ships, this era ended. Read more ...





The Castle of Platamonas

The place occupied today by the "Kastro" was used by the city Heraklion (Iraklion) in pre-Christian times. Not only on the top of the castle hill, but also at the foot of the hill, there were settlements which are associated with this ancient city. Around 360 BC Skylax of Karyandar described the place as "the first Macedonian city behind the river Pinios". The Roman historian Titius Livius has a more accurate position determination. "Between Dion and Tembi lying on a rock," he described the place, which is identical with the position of the Kastros. But even earlier, since the Bronze Age, a settlement of the castle hill has been demonstrated. Read more ...




The Consecration of the Sea

On the 6th of January of every year, the apparition of God is celebrated in Greece with the Feast of the Epiphany, the phenomenon, also called Theophanie or Fota. Originally these terms are derived from ancient Greece. Homer has described in his hymns the appearance of the gods among men. These phenomena were accompanied by various circumstances: a light (Fos, plural Fota) and a fragrance spread before the god appeared in superhuman size. Zeus did this as a flash. Read more ...





Agia Kori at Vrondou

"Actually, this place has nothing special here," says Father Savvas, "everything that gives him this spell is from the girl". The place he thinks is located in a gorge above the village Vrondou near Katerini / Pierias. Here flows a brook, which is straight from the towering mountains of Mount Olympus and here is the sanctuary of Agia Kori (holy girl). They are called her because their true name is still unknown today. It came from the Zagorochoria, the isolated villages in the area of Ioannina. Read more ...




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