Chapter 3: Lykavittos Hill
Legend has it that the goddess Athena, flying on her way to install a rock on the Acropolis hill, accidentally dropped the boulder in the middle of the city that bears her name. This 'boulder' dropped by the goddess is known today as the hill of Lykavittos. At a height of over nine hundred feet, this natural rock formation is the highest point in Athens, and, considering the relative flatness of the surrounding landscape, the comparison to a woman's breast isn't too far from the mind. Lykavittos, along with the Parthenon, located atop the Acropolis hill, dominate the Athenian skyline, and are the first things to capture your eye as your arrive in the ancient city from the airport or by sea. Although the name Lykavittos means hill of the wolves, never fear, for you won't encounter any while climbing up the slopes of this natural wonder, only breathtaking views of the city that just get better the higher you go.
Whether you hike to the summit or ride the funicular, take a moment to gaze out at the magnificent panorama of Athens...
...then make a stop at the Church of St. George, light a candle, and be sure to thank the goddess for dropping that rock.