Athens, Greece – Lycabettus Hill Sunset

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

During our visit to Greece we had dinner at the restaurant on Lycabettus Hill.  Siting outside overlooking Greece is truly amazing.  We made it up top in time for sunset and as the sun was lowering…we walked up to St. George’s Church (located on the top of the hill) and I took this sunset photo from above!   I really enjoyed our visit to Greece.  Athens was nice, but the Greek Islands are were it is at!   Hopefully we get a chance to return.

Here is some info from the web:  Lykavittos Hill (sometimes referred to as Lycabettos or Lykabettos) is the highest point in Athens, rising 910 feet above the city.  Because of its height, it is a landmark visible from almost every part of the capital (ill. 7-9). Its name reflects a popular belief that the hill was inhabited by wolves.  Another legend explains that Lykavittos hill appeared when Athena accidentally dropped a large rock she was going to use for the construction of the Acropolis.  Despite these interesting legends, Lykavittos did not attract the attention of classical authors and historians. However, the majestic peak is an important tourist destination. A small whitewashed chapel of St. George, erected in the 19th century on the site of a Byzantine church of Prophet Elijah (ill. 1-3), crowns the top of Lykavittos. From the top one can see a panorama of the entire city (ill. 4) and the theatre, used for concerts and spectacles. To reach the top by foot, you need to prepare yourself for a long climb.  The initial portion of the climb,  among shrubs and small trees, is relatively easy.  However, when you get to the zigzagging stairs, laid out at a low angle to make the ascent easier (but longer!), your legs are going to let you know they are not too happy about the exercise.  If you don’t feel like arguing with them, choose an easier way — take the funicular from Kolonaki (ill. 5-6). After you reach the top, you may rest and have a drink in a terraced restaurant or let the wind on the observation deck cool you down.

One comment on “Athens, Greece – Lycabettus Hill Sunset

  1. Jack.Jnr says:

    Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year !

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