Mount Olympus (also transliterated as Mount Olýmpos, and on modern maps, Óros Ólimbos) is the highest mountain in Greece, at 2,917 meters high; it is situated at 40°05' N 22°21' E, on the mainland Balkan peninsula.
Mount Olympus is noted for its very rich flora, possibly the richest in the whole of Europe, with several endemic species.
In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus is the home of the Twelve Olympians, the principal gods in the Greek pantheon.
The Greeks thought of it as built up with crystal mansions wherein the gods dwelt.
It is the spiritual analogue of the Upper World of shamanic cosmology.
The highest peak on Mount Olympus is Mitikas, which in Greek means "nose."
There are two refuges on a plain about forty five minutes away from Mitikas.
Mount Olympus is one of the highest ranges in Europe in terms of real visible altitude from base-to-summit since its base is located next to the Aegean at a sea level elevation, making as such its about 3,000 meters real and completely visible.
For example a mountain with the same height like Musala in Bulgaria has a smaller real height since its base, unlike M. Olympus', is not located at the sea level.
The etymology and meaning of the name Olympus (Olympos) is unknown, and it may be of Pre-Indo-European origin.
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Olympus) October 2005
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After Hui Chin and I explored Thessaloniki we headed to Mount Olypus, the ancient home of the even more ancient and mythological Greek Gods.
A breathtaking experience even without trying to climb it.
Unfortunately I do not have all my photos of this place left, although we had four cameras between us and we have taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my most favoured cameras: a JVC video camera I favoured because of the quality of photos it produced, ease of use and its excellent compression rate, and my Panasonic camera for its miniature size. Both had large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife', with my wallet and money.
You'll see this message a few times, because my JVC and Panasonic cameras' cards had many-many pictures stored.
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