Thessaly

Mount Olympus (Greek--Olympos) is the highest peak of the Pindus Mountainrange, the southernmost extension of the Alps. Located in Northern Greece on the boundary between Thessaly and Macedonia is the loftiest point in Greece 2,917m (9,570ft) above sea level.

In early Greek Mythology it was believed to have been the home of the gods. On its summit were the palaces of the gods, which were built by Hepheastus, god of metalwork. The entrance to Olympus was trough The Gate of Clouds, protected by the goddesses known as the Seasons. Zeus, father of all gods, had his throne on the mountain's highest crest, and they all feasted on nectar and ambrosia while being serenaded by the Muses.

The 12 major Olympian deities were Zeus and his wife Hera, his brothers Poseidon, god of the sea, and Hades, god of the underworld, his sister Hestia, goddess of the hearth, and his children Athena, goddess of wisdom, Aris, god of war, Apollo, god of the sun, Artemis, goddess of the moon and the hunt, Aphrodite, goddess of love, Hermes, the messenger of the gods, and Hephaestus. Later Greek writers transferred the home of these deities to a heavenly region free from snow and storms and filled with light.




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