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Bell Tower on Mount Lycabettos

March 14, 2016

DSCF2630.JPGI found this photo of the bell tower on the viewing platform at the top of Mount Lycabettos whilst trawling through my digital archives for one of the Tower of the Winds.

The creation of Mount Lycabettos, according to myth, was as accidental as the finding of this photo. The story is that the goddess Athena was carrying a rock over to the Acropolis where she was building her temple when bad news from a crow caused her to drop it.

The name Lycabettos is locally translated as ‘the path of the wolves’ which used to roam the plains of Attica that can be seen stretching into the distance. The hill itself is 300m above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Greek capital.

The viewing platform, bell tower, church of St. George, theatre and restaurant on the top can be reached either by walking up the zigzag path from Aristippou Street or by taking the funicular up the inside of the limestone hill from Ploutarchou Street.

We arrived before opening time one hot sunny morning a few years ago. What is missing from this photo are the red clouds that arrived just after coffee bearing dust from the Sahara.

As we descended the hill it started to rain blood red. That was when I understood how people in ancient times considered such clouds to be a bad omen.




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