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Holy mountains and their stories

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Holy mountains and their stories

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Climbing a summit is always accompanied by a never-ending sense of awe: At the nature, at the skies — at these things that were once so far away and are now so close. The word 'awesome' barely describes it. This is something that people have felt for thousands of years, leading many to claim that mountains are sacred places. And it is around those mountains — around this awesomeness — that stories and sagas formed; tales that illustrate the importance these peaks played in these people's lives.

Mountains that are especially high and seemingly unreachable have long since been considered the home of the gods. These unmovable objects supplied entire cultures with everything they needed, from water to herding pastures, and their apparent effect on the weather led ordinary people to believe these places were home to an other-worldly power. And today — even though we have very different explanations for these phenomena — the magic still remains.

So you can get a sense of the majesty of mountains, this Collection introduces some of the world's most impressive, legend-filled summits.

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    Mytikas

    Mountaineering Highlight

    Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, its highest peak is Mt. Mytikas (2918m), followed by the peaks of Skolio (2911m), Stefani (2909m) and Skala (2866m). To the light-filled place where according to Greek mythology the gods, their descendants and servants live, one arrives as a normal mortal over developed mountain trails, including the European trail E4.

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    Kraterrand des Ätna

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    The Etna (Italian Etna) is the largest volcano in Europe. He is still active today, which is why his height can not be determined exactly as it often changes. It is currently indicated at around 3323m. It is located on the island of Sicily and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.

    Since ancient times, various mythological meanings have been attributed to Etna. For example, he was considered a place of work of the Cyclopes who helped the god Hephaestus with his ironwork. Hephaestus himself was considered to be the ugliest of all gods, and whenever he suspected an infidelity on the part of his wife Aphrodite, he should have fiercely blazed the forge so that the volcano erupted. In the Middle Ages, the volcano often appeared in the world of myths as a place of damnation.

    To get to the crater, you can take a cable car from 2000 to 2500 meters and then one of the ground buses to about 3000 meters.

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    Damavand Summit

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The Damavand with its 5604 m far surpasses all surrounding mountains and is thus the highest mountain of Iran and the entire Middle East. He is one of the highest freestanding mountains in the world.

    According to Iranian mythology, the dragon Zahak ruled the land for a thousand years, until Fereydun captured him and nailed him to a cliff face on Damavand, where he must live until the end of time.

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    Danielsberg

    Hiking Highlight

    Where today is a church on the 966m high Danielsberg in Carinthia, was previously a temple of Hercules. Evidence of settlement and use as a place of worship were given by Stone Age, Bronze Age, Celtic and Roman finds.

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    Kibo (Uhuru Peak)

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The Kibo is with 5895 m height the highest peak of the Kilimanjaro mountain massif and thus the highest point of Africa. He is one of the Seven Summits and is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage.

    Kilimanjaro means "mountain of the evil spirit". There is a legend among the Swahili that on Kilimanjaro there lives a wicked god who does not tolerate any man on his mountain. Anyone who tried it would stiffen their hands and feet and then fall off.

    There are several routes on the Kibo. Technically, the climb is not difficult, the height is the biggest challenge for climbers. If you make your way to the kibo, you should plan for at least five to seven days for the return trip. The ascent is chargeable, in addition, the commission of local carriers is mandatory.

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    Croagh Patrick

    Hiking Highlight

    Saint Patrick once climbed to the top of this mountain to fast for 40 days. During this time, he built a chapel and drove out the snakes of Ireland by throwing a bell into the valley. Even today, many people every year on the Reek Sunday on the Croagh Patrick.

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    Adam's Peak

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    Although Adam's Peak, at 2243 meters, is not the highest, it is the most famous mountain in Sri Lanka. This is due to the Sri Pada, a 1.80m long rocky outcrop near the summit, which, depending on religion, is interpreted as the footprint of the Buddha, the god Shiva, Adams, or the Apostle Thomas.

    The mountain can be climbed in the pilgrim season between December full moon and the last May full moon over a 7 km stretch of steps and via ferrata. Mostly this is done at night to experience the sunrise from the summit and experience the triangular shadow of the mountain in the fog, but also to escape the heat of the day.

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    Helgafell

    Hiking Highlight

    "Helgafell" means "Holy Mountain" and refers to the location of a Viking shrine. Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, the main character of the Icelandic Laxdæla Saga, lived here in a church until her death as a recluse. It is buried near the present church.

    According to the saying, one has three wishes, while one climbs the Helgafell for the first time. You have to go up the hill fromGuðrún's grave and not turn around, do not talk and do not talk about the wishes.

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