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.
It extends over two floors. On the ground floor, however, there are no minerals and rare rocks, but pictures, books and mosaics, which deal with the life and work of Alexander the Great. It took him five years to paint all the paintings, says Jorgos. The mosaics, which can be seen in the museum, he and Landa-Anna have made by hand. The mostly large-format pictures show particularly important stations in the life of Alexander and are interpreted by Jorgos very lively.
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. The type of lecture is interactive, so it involves the visitor. In contrast to other museums, many exhibits are handed to the visitors.
Whether the arrowhead is made of obsidian, petrified marine animals, fragile minerals or the teeth of shark or cave bear - everything gets the visitor in his hand, can look at it and ask questions. Individual and very sympathetic, the two approach their visitors. The rather dry theme is so relaxed and friendly told to the people.
On the origin of the name Amethyst for example Jorgos tells a nice anecdote:
In Athens, a few centuries before the beginning of our era, many men made what many men still make - they like to drink wine. And their women also reacted to how even today the women react when their husbands get drunk (Greek methismenos) home - with slight misunderstanding. That's why a man took a trick. He took a beautiful stone which had been given him, and put it into his drinking-vessel. He filled it with wine and drank as usual. At home, he told his wife about the miraculous gift of the stone. He protected him from drunkenness, he told her. Despite a copious amount of alcohol, he noticed nothing. He did not even have a hangover the next morning. By this wonderful property the stone got the name "Amethyst", which emphasizes its property to prevent drunkenness. Even today, there is a wine district from the area of Drama, which bears the name Amethystos.
After the visitor has discovered everything interesting about fossils, rocks etc. from Greece, we move to another room. This is now almost exclusively dedicated to Olympus. Different rocks are displayed and presented to the visitor. On the basis of a model one can see from which area of the mountains they originate.
Of course the geological history is told from the earliest times onwards: how the formation of Olympus came about, when it arose, and why the peaks still "grow". Geological measurements have shown that Olymp is still increasing by 1 to 4 millimeters annually. As a result, the height of the summit (Mytikas) was corrected from 2917 m to 2918.8 m.
In December 2016, Mr. Arzanas found a petrified Ammonit (about 1500m above sea level). It is the first such find on Olympus at all!
On the scientific side, the museum is supervised by members of the Aristoteles University in Thessaloniki.
Useful Links: Website of the Museum