Mount Olympus was the brightest and most revered mountain in Greece. A magnificent place with numerous forests and ravines and peaks of varying heights, blessed with a mild climate, and surrounded by Uranus, The Sky God, the personification of the sky.
On Mount Olympus it never rained and it was never windy, only now and then some clouds appeared to isolate the realm of the god from the outside world and to bless the world with water.
The Life Of The Gods On Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus was the divine realm of the Olympian gods. It was located on the peaks of Mount Olympus, where the Olympian Gods once defeated the Titans in the legendary Battle of the Titans (“Titanomachy”) and subsequently established their divine realm.
Each Olympian god had his own palace, which was usually used as a sleeping chamber. The gods lived their lives in a rhythm similar to that of mortals, following rules, observing customs, and gathering from time to time in the main palace, the palace of Zeus, The Supreme God, for small conferences.
The Olympian gods used to meet during mealtime, where they made decisions about the fate of the world and mortals while eating ambrosia and drinking nectar. The Olympians had an entire staff at their service, such as physicians, servants, preachers, and doorkeepers, the Horae, who were tasked with opening and closing the gates of Mount Olympus to the outside world. However, should a god break an oath, he would be cursed to live nine years away from Mount Olympus and not be able to attend any of the meetings of the gods.
Facts On Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest in the Balkans.
It rises near the village of Litochoron in Northern Thessaly, on the border of the prefectures of Pieria and Larissa.
Its highest point is called “Mytika” or “Pantheon” (2,917 m.).
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