Places of Interest nearby
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Penteliko mountain or Penteli mountain dominates the region north-east of Athens and Maroussi being 1.109m high. The rock that builds up the mountain is mainly marble and limestone. The marble was used since antiquity.
When that type of rock weathers over the years, it becomes deep red clay which is deposited at the footslopes of the mountain. When it accumulates in pockets, pottery-activity is associated with these areas. A typical example is the pottery activity of Marousi.
Fires frequently occur on Penteliko Mountain, but in the summer of 2009, there was a big one. The majority of the forests around the mountain disappeared in ashes.
Penteli has been famous for its marble since antiquity. It was used for the construction of the Acropolis and other buildings of ancient Athens.
The ancient quarry on Penteli is now protected by law, and used exclusively to obtain material for the Acropolis Restoration Project.