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Clad in pinewoods and crowned by the picturesque 19th century white chapel of St. George the hill provides a fine panoramic view over the entire city. There is a theatre and a restaurant on the top.

The hill is a popular tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular; a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki. The railway station can be found at Aristippou street. Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, possibly the origin of its name (which means "the one (the hill) that is walked by wolves"). Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a mountain she had been carrying from Pallene for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.