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Myths and legends, by definition, are fabricated stories not set in real life. Haven’t you often wondered, though: wouldn’t it be amazing if some of these places really existed? After all where does the inspiration for the stories come from? It turns out several locations within mythological stories do really exist and are steeped in culture, and explorers looking for a glimpse of the apparent mythological creatures and stories they are home to! So without further ado join us as we delve into real mythological places you can visit!
That’s right, Mount Olympus, the home of the mighty Greek gods and goddesses does really exist. Whilst you may not be able to access their mythological home in the clouds you can certainly climb Mount Olympus, the apparent entrance to their domain. It’s quite a climb though so strap up with someone who knows what they’re doing!
The home of Count Dracula, Bran Castle
Bordering Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania, Bran Castle is one of the real life locations said to have been home at one point to the infamous Count Dracula. Whilst the vampire stories may be fabricated Count Dracula was certainly an evil and bloodthirsty tyrant and many people flock to visit a location so stepped in history and horror. Are you brave enough?!
The entrances to the underworld – Alepotrypa Cave and Matsue
The seemingly beautiful Alepotrypa Cave in Greece is said to have been the location where the Greek Gods descended from the clouds to come and visit Hades, god of the underworld. The giant cave contains the ruins of an old village, burial sites and many old tributes to Hades to ease the passing of the dead into the underworld. You can visit and take tours if you’re brave enough!
In contrast to the open Greek entrance to the underworld, in Japan a mythological story explains the closed location to the underworld. The first male and female gods, Izangi and Izanami were in love until Izanami passed away. Overcome with grief Izangi visited the underworld to see her but she had asked him to wait. In her anger she sent evil hags to chase him and, after escaping the underworld Izangi sealed the entrance with a large boulder which can still be found to this day blocking the entrance in Matsue, Japan.
You may well have heard of the lost golden city of El Dorado, in fact there’s even a Disney film about it. Whilst the whole city may not exist there are certainly many golden objects at a lake in Colombia. According to the myth a Colombian chieftain one day covered himself in gold dust and dived into the Lake Guatavita after which the rest of the tribe began throwing in all sorts of golden objects. Some legends speak of the famous city of gold, El Dorado, but whilst that cannot be verified, many golden objects have been found at the bottom of the lake which is rumoured to be the remnants of the entrance to the famous golden city of legend!
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