Home of the Gods
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
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Is Mount Olympus a real place? Yes. Mount Olympus is Greece's highest mountain. Today, Mount Olympus is one of Greece's national parks. Thousands of years ago, this real mountain was believed by the ancient Greek people to be the mountain top home of some pretty powerful gods.
According to ancient Greek mythology, when things had to be decided in the mythical world, a council of 12 gods called the Olympians met on Mount Olympus to discuss things. The 12 Olympian gods all kept a home on Mount Olympus. Hades was rarely in residence. He preferred his home in the Underworld. Poseidon preferred his palace under the sea. But the rest of the Olympians could be found on Mount Olympus year around unless they were off traveling, causing trouble somewhere.