Monday, January 19, 2009

Lycabettus Hill- - Athens

I like hills. They were the main attraction in my childhood town in Roumania. I liked the excitement of climbing up to the top, the panoramic view of the town bellow, the feeling of being close to the sky and God.

In ancient Greece there's the concept of "sacred hill" - the acropolis, with its superbly designed temples and stone air-open amphitheaters. I like that too.

Lycabettus Hill is the highest point in Athens and offers a good view of this densely populated city. It is cone shaped , and pine trees cover its base. One can walk via stairs ot take the funicular to the top.

Telescope deck on the Lycabettus

Lycabetus Hill in the middle of the capital
Offering a city sight which is spectacular
All of Athens as viewed from the top
Is like a huge, giant workshop.

The Hill is also place of worship
With small church and chapel of Ai Georgis
It has a restaurant/cafe on the top
And a theater which is a concerts host.

View of Athens from the Lycabettus

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