Above the city blocks of Athens, in the very center of the city, Lykavittos mountain (Lycabet) rises. The height of the mountain is 277 meters above sea level. This is a legendary place, offering a magnificent view of Athens, the Acropolis, the sea and the mountains surrounding the city.
According to legend, the goddess Athena wanted her shrine, located on the Acropolis, to be closer to the sky. One day she went to Mount Pentelicon and tore a piece of rock from her to hoist her over the Acropolis. When she came back, she was stopped by two birds that brought bad news. Athena threw the rock and hurried after them. She never realized what she had planned, and the mountain remained where it was abandoned.
In ancient times, Lykavittos was covered with dense forest, but by the beginning of the 19th century there was not a single tree left on the mountain. Restoration of vegetation began only in 1880. Once wolves lived here, therefore Lykavittos is also called the Wolf Mountain.
At the top of the mountain is the Byzantine Church of St. George, it is also called the Church of the Holy Siderei. It was built in the XI-XII centuries, then the Byzantine Empire and Christianity significantly strengthened their positions. In 1930, a fire destroyed the church, but in 1931 the snow-white church was completely restored. On Easter night, parishioners come down with burning candles and it seems that Lykavittos is wrapped in a fiery ribbon.
Lykavittos - a paradise for romantics. Pines and cypresses, narrow paths and cozy wooden benches ... all this will not leave indifferent lovers of peace and quiet. No wonder Lycabettus is also called the mountain of Love.
At the top of the mountain is an open-air theater. In the summer there are various concert and theater performances. Also on the mountain is a cozy restaurant Orizontes, where you can relax and admire the magnificent scenery.
On the mountain lead many paths and road. You can climb Lykavittos on the funicular from Kolonaki.