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The Pyramid-like Peak of Mount Taygetus in Greece

Mount Taygetus in Greece
The snow-covered peak of Mount Taygerus resembles a pyramid. Credit: Video screenshot/Up Drones

The pyramid-like peak of Mount Taygetus (or Taygetos) in southern Peloponnese Greece has been captured in all its glory by a drone video.

The name of the mountain is one of the oldest recorded in Europe, appearing in the Odyssey. In classical mythology, the mountain was associated with the nymph Taygete, and it was named after her.

The Taygetus Massif is about 100 km (62 miles) long, extending from the center of the Peloponnese to Cape Matapan, its southernmost extremity. It contains the tallest mountain in the Peloponnese, the Profitis Ilias summit, reaching 2,405 meters (7,890 ft).

This is probably the classical Mount Taléton mentioned by Pausanias. The summit is an ultra-prominent peak.

Mount Taygetus under protection in Greece

Taygetus overlooks the cities of Sparta and Kalamata, whose skyline it dominates.

The slopes of Taygetus, which have been inhabited since at least Mycenean times, are heavily forested, primarily with Greek fir and black pine. Devastating fires in 2005 and 2007 consumed much of the forests on the central western slopes, and only about half remain.

The highest point, Profitis Ilias, is a popular hiking destination, and European walking route E4 runs along the lower slopes of the range.

The view from Profitis Ilias includes most of the Evrotas Valley and the Parnon range to the east, while the view towards the west includes Kalamata and the eastern half of Messenia. Most of the southwestern part of Arcadia can also be seen from there.

Today, Taygetus is included in the “pristine mountains” list, and all construction activity there is banned in order to control the overexploitation of the environment.

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