Lycabettus Hill


According to mythology, the goddess Athena wanted her temple in Acropolis to be near the heavens.

One stormy night she went to Mount Penteli, and took a large rock with the purpose of placing it on the existing rock.

As she transported the rock, two black birds approached her, bringing her bad news regarding something she had to take care of immediately.

I her rage and haste, the rock fell in the centre of Athens.
Lycabittos hill had no trees at all. Reforestation started in 1880 and was completed in 1915.

Lycabettus appears in various legends.

Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, possibly the origin of its name (which means “the one (the hill) that is walked by wolves”).
Ayios Georgios is a church at the top of Lycabettus hill.

It is thought that in antiquity the temple of Akraios Zeus was located here.In the period of Frankish rule, the small chapel of Profitis Ilias was build here.

Later, another one, Ayios Georgios the rider was built here also.

The exact date of the construction of the church is not known.

The church bell was donated by Queen Olga who put the ruined church under her protection.