Parnassus, Mount, (modern Greek:Parnassos), a mountain in central Greece. It is about 70 miles (113 km) northwest of Athens. It rises 8,061 feet (2,457 m) above sea level. In Greek legends, Mount Parnassus was the home of Apollo, the muses, and the nymphs—and was thus the inspiration for numerous poems, paintings, and musical works. On the mountain's slopes are the Corycian Grotto (associated with the festivals of Bacchus) and the Castalian Spring of Delphi. The remains of the Temple of Apollo, site of the Delphic oracle, are at the southern base of the mountain.
Alps, a mountain system of central Europe. Its lofty ranges stretch in a rough arc from the Riviera on the Mediterranean coast, across southeastern France and northern Italy, through most of Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein, and into southern Germany and Slovenia.