Mount Hymettus from the east
Elevation 1,026 m (3,366 ft)
Location eastcentral Attica about 15 km E of Athens
Range Hymettus
Coordinates 37°57′47″N 23°49′00″E / 37.963°N 23.81667°E / 37.963; 23.81667
Easiest route climb, road

Hymettus, also Hymettos (pronounced /hˈmɛtəs/ in English, Greek: Υμηττός, transliterated Ymīttós, pronounced [imiˈtos]) is a mountain range in the Athens area, East Central Greece. It is also colloquially known as Trellos or Trellovouno (crazy mountain), a name of uncertain origin. In antiquity there was a sanctuary to Zeus Ombrios (Zeus the Rain God) on the summit with numerous offerings dating especially to the 8th-7th centuries BC; they are on the site of a military base and not currently accessibe. There is also an ancient quarryman's hut on the western slopes of the mountain, one of two buildings in ancient Attika which preserves its roof.

The height is 1,026 m at Evzonas and the length is 16 km (9.9 mi) between Athens and the Saronic Gulf and 6 to 7 km from east to west. In the ancient times, the highest point was known as Mega Ymittos and the southern Elattona (Ελάττονα) and Anydro Ymitto (Άνυδρο Υμηττό) (today Mavrovouni (Μαυροβούνι meaning black mountain) and Kontra (Κόντρα)). It was noted for its thyme honey. Marble has been quarried since antiquity. The neighboring communities that surround the mountain are Athens, Zografou, Kaisariani, Vyronas, Ilissia (a region of Zografou), Ymittos, Helioupolis, Argyroupoli, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni in the west, Varkiza, Vári, Markopoulo and Paeania to its east, and Papagou, Holargos, Aghia Paraskevi, Gerakas and Glyka Nera. Most of the forest is in the north, and much of the mountain is rocky, deforested, grassy and made out of limestone.

Major campuses of the University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens (collectively called "University Town") are located on the west-facing slope, between the "Hymettus Ring", a ring road connected with the Attiki Odos freeway with five interchanges beginning with Y and filled with tunnels, and the Athens urban sprawl. A transmitter park for all major TV and radio stations is located at the top of the mountain. Built up urban areas almost surround the entire mountain range. Access to the top of the mountain is restricted to authorized vehicles for maintenance of the towers.

Almost all of Athens, its eastern suburbs and the new airport can be seen from the mountain top along with the mountains of Parnitha to its northwest, Penteli to its north and Aegaleo to its west. The valley areas that create the lowest passes are to the south and one further south.

The mountain ranges features about six to seven landfills in the western part and another in the eastern part.


Its landfills were added in the 1950s and Alimou - Karea Avenue later on. The western part of the mountain range were planted with trees in the 1950s. Housing developments were built after World War II and the Greek Civil War which founded the city of Papagou by its slopes and expanded to the south as late as the 1980s by its edges. Marble was mined in the western half between the 1960s and the 1990s and more smaller mines were mined. Mining is now rare since most of its resources are not allowed to be mined.

Hymettus was struck by a forest fire around 3 PM (15:00) local time on July 16, 2007. Municipal fire trucks, choppers, nearby residents and six planes were racing to stop the fire from the nearby Saronic Gulf area. It took around two hours to stop the blaze. The blaze was at critical level after it started and flames were burning as far as Ilioupoli but it didn't reach south. Firefighters were fighing the blaze at a hilltop near the avenue and several fire trucks were parked on the avenue with most of the fire occurring at the most forested part of the mountain. Near the late-afternoon, the fire declined and by sunset the fire was out, burning forest in the vicinity of the urban area and south of Katechaki Avenue.

Its affected level was in east Kaisariani and Vyronas along with Kareas where the smoke blanketed over its residential area, shutting down Katechaki Avenue for several hours in its entire length south of the Ymittos Ring and parts of Kareas Avenue blocking the bypass traffic of Athens.

The suspected cause of the fire is arson.

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  • HYMETTUS — ol. etiam Cecropius, nunc vulgo Himetto, mons Atticae, apibus, et optimi mellis copiâ abundans. Mart. l. 7. epigr. 87. cuius epigraphe de suis libris v. 8. Pascat et Hybla meas pascat Hymettos apes Idem in Xenys l. 13. Epigr. 103. cuius Epigraphe …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Hyméttus — Hyméttus, Berggruppe in Attika, jetzt Trelovuni (1027 m), südöstl. von Athen, durch (blaugrauen) Marmor und Honig (auch jetzt noch) berühmt …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hymettus — Hymettus, jetzt Telowuni, Berg bei Athen, im Alterthum durch seinen Honig und farbigen Marmor berühmt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Hymettus — [hī met′əs] mountain range in EC Greece, near Athens: highest peak, 3,367 ft (1,026 m) …   English World dictionary

  • Hymettus — geographical name mountain ridge about 3370 feet (1027 meters) central Greece E & SE of Athens • Hymettian adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Hymettus — Hymette Hymette Géographie Altitude 1 026 m, Evzonas Massif …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hymettus — Hymettian, Hymettic, adj. /huy met euhs/, n. a mountain in SE Greece, near Athens. 3370 ft. (1027 m). * * * …   Universalium

  • HYMETTUS —    a mountain in Attica, famous for its honey and marble …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Hymettus — Hy•met•tus [[t]haɪˈmɛt əs[/t]] n. geg a mountain in SE Greece, near Athens. 3370 ft. (1027 m) Hy•met′ti•an, Hy•met′tic, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • Hymettus — /haɪˈmɛtəs/ (say huy metuhs) noun a mountain in south eastern Greece, near Athens; famous for honey produced there. 1027 m. Modern Greek, Imittós …   Australian English dictionary

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