Alexa has studied faeries, witches and magical beings since she can remember. She hasn't seen one yet, but is a fervent admirer nonetheless.
Avalon! Mount Olympus! Armageddon! Legendary landmarks where heroes were born and magic is still alive. These are places you've seen depicted in movies, you've read about so many times and you've pictured in your imagination.
These real places from legend and stories will bring you closer to mythical heroes and magical times.
Vote now the places you need to visit!
10. The Delphic Oracle
The most famous oracle in Greece, its location is the Temple of Apollo, on Mount Parnassus, near the Gulf of Corinth. Although the temple itself is known as the Oracle of Delphi, the oracle was actually a person, a high priestess of Apollo. She supposedly went into a trance and delivered messages from the God Apollo to those who sought her advice.
One of the best known oracles of Delphi was the mythological sorceress Pythia. Not much but legend remains written about her, but what we know is that her name was derived from the mythical Python that was slain by Apollo.
9. The River Styx
The Greek word "styx"means "hate" and the river that bears this name is said to mark the border between the world of the mortals and the Underworld, or Hades, home to the Greek God of death. According to the ancient historian Herodotus, the river Styx originates near the Greek village of Feneos, at the foot of Mount Cyllene.
The Styx was believed to have magical properties, because it supposedly had the power to make a person invulnerable to weapons. However, some other historians stated that its water was poisonous and that it caused the death of Alexander the Great. Modern science reached the conclusion that the water may have contained a deadly bacterium at the time.
8. Knockma Hill - The Gateway to the Kingdom of Faeries
Knockma Hill is located in Ireland, in Galway County and it is known as a land that welcomes both faeries and humans. Up the hill one can see the castle of Finvarra, the King of the Faeries, molded from an old Cairn. The castle is considered to be the meeting place for all the faeries in the world. Another Cairn nearby is said to be the resting place of Maeve, queen of humans and the fae.
The limestone summit, named "Cairn Ceasra" can be seen on one of the other high places around and it is said to be the burial place of Noah's granddaughter, Ceasair.
G.H. Kinahan wrote of Knockma Hill's "fairy paths":
A soft hot blast indicates the presence of a good fairy; while a sudden shiver shows that a bad one is near."
7. Sherwood Forest - Home of Robin Hood
Robin Hood is one of the world’s best loved folk heroes of the English lore. If you want to learn more about his adventures, see his hideout and follow in his steps, you should visit Sherwood Forest, located in Nottinghamshire, UK. The forest hosts a few ancient oaks that were alive and grown for sure even in Robin Hood's time. So you can really get an authentic feeling of what life was then for an outlaw. If you need some help and directions, the locals have developed a Robin Hood Itinerary which helps you see all the important landmarks.
6. Joan of Arc's Birthplace
Joan d'Arc was born in Domrémy, a small village in the county of Vosges, France. She was born there in 1412 and her birthplace is still standing today, open to receive tourists. This house is the place where Joan of Arc claimed that she had received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Supposedly, they sent her to King Charles VII to help him recover France from English domination, at the end of the Hundred Years' War.
5. Mount Olympus
In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was the home of the Olympian Gods. It was created after the great battle between the Olympians and the Titans, known as the Titanomachy, during which the Olympians defeated the Titans. The peak Mytikas was then called Pantheon and lately became Zeus's throne. The other gods believed to have dwelled upon the Pantheon Peak were Zeus' wife Hera; his brothers Poseidon and Hades; his sisters Demeter and Hestia and his children: Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Athena, Hermes and Hephaestus.
Today, mount Olympus is a great peak to climb, due to its high altitude and wonderful relief.
4. Dracula's Castle
The most famous vampire count of all times, Bram Stoker's Dracula, was actually a Romanian ruler of Wallachia: Vlad Tepes (the Impaler). Vlad was also known by his nickname: Dracul, which translated from Romanian means "The Devil". The reason behind his nickname was the banner of his house, which depicted a dragon. The peasents mistook the image of the dragon with that of a devil.
His castle is located in the small city of Bran, Transylvania and receives visitors from all around the world. The scenery surrounding the castle is absolutely breathtaking and the food even better.
Rock song "Empire of Vampires" sung by a Romanian rock-folk band.
Can you believe this sunny palm hill was foretold to be the last battlefield of the human kind? Well, it is so! Saint John has foreseen its crucial role in the last battle of the Apocalypse, a battle of total destruction. The hill does exist and it is also known by its Hebrew name: Megiddo. Armageddon Hill is located near Jerusalem, Israel. Despite its fearsome reputation, it is quite an enjoyable place. Up the hill (not so high really, it's more of an earth lump) lies the city of Megiddo. This city was ancient even in Jesus' times and it hosted 20 civilizations going back 6000 years.
Maybe just for this reason, and it deserves to see the end of things. Just sayin'
Avalon is the mythical place the Celtic religion considered to be a paradise. The world "avalon" means "apple", because the Celts believed that on the island of Avalon grow sweet apple trees and other fruits, so no one has to work for food.
The Island of Avalon has been identified as the town of Glastonbury. Though not an island today, Glastonbury used to be a hill surrounded by shallow waters, making it an island. Originally, a boardwalk across the marsh was the only entrance to Glastonbury. Until XVI century, the Glastonbury Abbey was located atop the hill. According to legend, the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea and visited by Jesus himself. In the XII century, the monks of Glastonbury Abbey found the tomb of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere. The tomb was marked by a stone cross bearing their names.
1. Adam's Grave
Now this is my no.1 choice because few people in the western world know about its existence. The Bible tells that Christ would be crucified atop Adam's remains, that is why Orthodox Icons are depicted like this (see picture down below). Right under Jesus' cross, there is a skull and two bones. This marks the burial place of Adam, the first man.
The Christians have built a chapel right above the tomb and you can visit it atop mount Golgotha, in Israel.
Tell us which is you favorite place of the 10 mentioned above!
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If you feel inspired by the places you've read about, tell me about your opinion and ideas, or tell me a little bit about your own legendary places!
Read more about Pythia and the Delphic Oracle:
- Witches in History and Legend: Pythia - the Mistress of Divination and Necromancy
Are witches real, are they just legend, or perhaps both? Learn more about Pythia, the ancient Greek witch and oracle - mistress of divination and necromancy.
© 2018 Alexa R
Alexa R (author) on February 19, 2018:
I'm so happy I could spark some magic for you! These places are indeed surrounded by a magical feeling and are able to give one a touch of a long gone world.
threekeys on February 19, 2018:
You sparked off magic for me!
Loved this article. If I could travel Id visit these places in a hearbeat. It would bring back awe and wonder!
Alexa R (author) on February 19, 2018:
I am so happy that you liked the ideas, Lauren! Also thank you for voting, I do hope you get to visit the place you thumbed up for (you are the first voter, so it wasn't that hard for me to guess your choice). It's really magical!
Lauren Flauding from Sahuarita, AZ on February 19, 2018:
What a treasure trove of ideas for those with wanderlust! These look fascinating!