Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus in Winter
Highest point
Elevation1,952 m (6,404 ft)[1]
Prominence1,952 m (6,404 ft)[2]
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates34°56′11″N 32°51′48″E / 34.93639°N 32.86333°E / 34.93639; 32.86333[3]
Mount Olympus is located in Cyprus
Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus
Location of Mount Olympus in Cyprus
Parent rangeTroodos

Olympus, or Chionistra, (Greek: Όλυμπος or Χιονίστρα; Turkish: Olimpos Tepesi) at 1,952 metres (6,404 ft), is the highest point in Cyprus.[3] It is located in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus.[4] Mount Olympus peak and the "Troodos Square" fall under the territory of Platres in Limassol District. A British long range radar currently operates at Mount Olympus' peak. It has a highland warm-summer mediterranean climate.

Mount Olympus is formed of ultramafic rock, dominantly serpentinized harzburgite which is part of the Troodos ophiolite.[5]

The Mount Olympus Ski resort consists of the Sun Valley and North Face areas. Each area has its own ski lifts and runs, operated by the Cyprus Ski Club:

In the Sun Valley area there is a 55m rope tow baby lift as well.

Writing in the late first century BC or first century AD, the geographer Strabo reported that on one of its promontories was a temple to Aphrodite Acraea (Ancient Greek: Ἀφροδίτης Ἀκραίας) which means Aphrodite of the Heights, which women were forbidden to enter.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Olympos (Chionistra)" on Retrieved 1 October 2011
  2. ^ "Olympos" on, Europe Ultra-Prominences Retrieved 1 October 2011
  3. ^ a b "Olympus" on Retrieved 1 October 2011
  4. ^ "Country Profile: Climate". Official Website of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Washington D.C. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2006-10-11..
  5. ^ Aled D. Evans, Damon A. H. Teagle, Dave Craw, Timothy J. Henstock, Ismael Himar Falcon-Suarez. Uplift and Exposure of Serpentinized Massifs: Modeling Differential Serpentinite Diapirism and Exhumation of the Troodos Mantle Sequence, Cyprus. JGR Solid Earth, Volume 126, Issue 6, June 2021.
  6. ^ Strabo. Geography, XIV.6.3.