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Parnassos Mountain | The Sacred Home of the Muses and the Mystical Parnassism

Updated: Feb 27

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George P. Papadellis | SG Head


Parnassos is a mountain in Central Greece that lies above the sacred area of Parnassos Delphi and hosts the famous ski resort Parnassos Arachova, and which offers scenic views of the surrounding olive groves and countryside. According to the Greek mythology, Parnassos Greece was sacred to Dionysos and Apollo, and was the home of the Muses.


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Parnassos Mountain from the Ski Center - Photo by: ID 177348846 © Drozdin | Dreamstime.com


Parnassos GR

Parnassos is one of the largest mountainous zones of the Greek mainland and one of the highest mountains of Greece. It lies within three municipalities, Viotia, Fthiotida and Fokida. Its altitude is 2,457 meters (highest peak: Liakouras). Adjacent mountains are Giona and Kirfe.


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The Mountain in the Spring - Photo by: Electron08, Parnassos2, CC BY-SA 3.0


Parnassos Literary Society

The mythological relation of Parnaso to the Muses led to a "mystification" trend, which resulted to the poetic and artistic trend of the 19th century (established in France) called "Parnassism".


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The Mountain through Firs in the Winter - Photo by: iStock.com | siete_vidas


Parnassos National Park

In 1938, due to the biodiversity of the mountain (flora and fauna), authorities decided the establishment of the Parnassos National Park (or Parnassus). The Park includes a landscape of 36,000 acres on the mountainous region between Delphi, Arachova and Agoriani. Endemic species are: Cephalonian fir tree, Parnassian peony, prey birds, wolves, boars, badgers and weasels.



Parnassos Greece Ski

The Parnassos Mountain hosts the largest ski center in Greece, the Parnassos Ski Resort, which comprises of two sections, Kellaria and Fterolakka. Its construction started in 1975 and was completed in 1976. Today the Ski Center operates 16 lifts with 25 marked ski runs and about 15 ski routes of 36 km.


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The mountain of Delphi, Deucalion and Pyrrha! A magnificent natural forest and an intensely cosmopolitan area. The largest ski resort in Greece. Arachova is a 24-hour life village, above the Gulf of Corinth, Itea and Galaxidi, 1.5 hours drive from Athens.

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