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Litohoro has a very long history, one that has been continuous, unbroken by the passage of time. Its sources lie in myth and tradition. It is said that Litohoro was founded by the inhabitants of ancient Pibleia, a small city to the south, which was the center of worship of the Pibleiades Muses and fell under the jurisdiction of the famous city of Dion.

Built on the banks of the Enipea river, Pibleia was eventually flooded and destroyed by it, and its inhdbitants moved to the present site of Litohoro. The last believers in the gods of Olympus were converted to Christianity when the emperor Theodosius the Great sent Christian islanders as settlers; they also brought with them their seafaring tradition. During the Ottoman occupation, more than one hundred sailing boats belonged to sea captains from Litohoro.

The beach at Agii Theodori was named Stolos (Fleet) because of the number of ships anchored there. The exact year of the founding of modern Litohoro is not known. Its roots, however, according to tradition, lie in the fourteenth century. In 1540 St. Dionysios arrived here and built the famous monastery. Since then the town and the monastery have shared the same history, Olympus, the Monastery of Agios Dionysios and Litohoro became the refuge/hideout for the area's armatoli (freedom fighters).



Everywhere on Olympus the nature-lover and hiker have much to see and admire, Everywhere natural beauty awaits one - on the slopes, peaks and ravines. Where nature has been most generous and varied with her gifts, however, is the gorge made by the Epinea river, one of the most stunning areas in Greece and in Europe. The gorge, ten kilometers long, begins at Prionia, the well-known source of the river, passes north of Litohoro and ends at the sea. In the background the valley forms images of unparalleled beauty with the waters of the Epinea flowing into little lagoons and later abruptly vanishing into underground cesspools. Only their sound, ds they tumble down the rocks, is enough to make the myths come back to life. Here the lovely Leto bathed, before Hero drove her out, hurling stones at her from the gorge as far as the coast of the Thermaic Gulf. Here the maenads tore Orpheus to pieces, throwing his head into the chasm.

The international mountaineers' path, E4, passes through the gorge. It starts in the Pyrenees on the Franco-Spanish border, crosses the mountains of Europe at their most spectacular points, and winds up in the Taygetos mountains of Laconia. Its final section can be found in Crete. After Litohoro, the path goes to the old monastery of Agios Dionysios (three and a half hours) and Prionia, sometimes following the river, sometimes cuffing through thick forest. For those who prefer the comfort of their cars, there is always the road, which leads to the monastery via a fork to the left, two kilometers before Prionia. Agios Dionysios Monastery is situated at an altitude of 850 m. Its earlier name was Agia Triada (Holy Trinity).
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:50 )