Athens, Lycabettus hill viewed from Plaka - Anafiotika

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Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos (Greek: Λυκαβηττός], is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece. At 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, the hill is the highest point in the city that surrounds it. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant.

The hill is a popular tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki (The railway station can be found at Aristippou street). Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, (lycos in Greek), which is possibly the origin of its name (means "the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves"). Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a mountain she had been carrying from Pallene for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.

The hill also has a large open-air theater at the top, which has housed many Greek and international concerts. Among the artists who have performed at the Lycabettus theater included Ray Charles, Joan Baez, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, John Mc Laughlin, Gary Moore, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, Pet Shop Boys, Deep Purple, UB 40, Placebo, Radiohead, Moby, Massive Attack, Faithless, Whitesnake, Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith, Vanessa Mae, Brian Ferry, Tito Puente, Buena Vista Social Club and Scorpions.

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Comments (148)

Christos Theodorou on October 29, 2011

dziwnowik - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Argenna on January 29, 2012

Beautiful light and photo!

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Christos Theodorou on January 29, 2012

Argenna - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Argenna on January 29, 2012

You have many beautiful photos, Christos, it is pleasant to see them.

robet-v on April 10, 2012

Ładne światło, ciekawy kadr. Pozdrawiam Robert

Christos Theodorou on April 10, 2012

Argenna

robet-v


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς


HAPPY EASTER / JOYEUX PAQUES / ΚΑΛΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ

Anand Singh on June 23, 2014

Εξαιρετική πανοραμική θέα και η φωτογραφία. YSL 5/108

Χαιρετισμούς, Anand

Christos Theodorou on June 23, 2014

thisisdr - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλά χαιρετίσματα

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  • Uploaded on June 10, 2011
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/04/21 19:46:13
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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