Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus.

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, located in Thessaly. It was said to be the home of the Twelve Olympians, the principal gods in the Greek pantheon, who lived in crystal mansions.

The Twelve Olympian gods lived in the gorges, where there were also their palaces. Pantheon (today Mytikas) was their meeting place and theater of their stormy discussions. The Throne of Zeus hosted solely him, the leader of the gods. From there he unleashed his thunderbolts, expressing his godly wrath. The Twelve Olympians were Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus, and the twelfth was either Hestia or Dionysus.

Greek mythology also dictates that, when Gaia gave birth to the Titans, they used the highest mountains in Greece as their thrones, with Cronus sitting on Mount Olympus itself. After the Great Titanomachy, Olympus' Palace was constructed by the Cyclopes, the one-eyed giants who were freed by Zeus from the depths of Tartarus. In their gratitude, they gave Zeus his trademark thunderbolts. 

Hephaestus, the talented god of the smiths and the forge, created all the furnishings and artwork on Olympus, even making some of the chairs and tables able to move themselves in and out of the celestial hall. At its highest peak, the mountain reaches nearly 1,000 feet above sea level and is steep, foreboding, and difficult to climb. Mount Olympus was an ideal paradise where the weather was always perfect and the gods could enjoy their feasts of divine nectar and ambrosia.

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