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Percy Jackson & the Olympians Filming Locations

Where was the Lightning Thief Shot?


The film locations for the new film Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief bring the Greek gods and goddesses far away from home in Greece. The film, based on the wildly popular book series written by Rick Riordan, was shot primarily in Vancouver, Canada, which itself stood in for New York City.

The basic story is simple - Perseus "Percy" Jackson is a son of Poseidon, and eventually joins others of his kind for the summer at Camp Half-Blood, with various adventures ensuing.

Classic Greek Locations Used in the Film

Though the movie was shot far from Greece, a fictional version of Mount Olympus, home of the Olympians, features prominently in the film... though most modern visitors to Greece's sacred mountain don't reach it via the elevator in the Empire State Building.

The famed Parthenon, which exists in ruined form on the rock of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, appears in the film - but its scenes were actually shot at the full-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee.

Percy Jackson is a modern-day son of the Greek god of the sea Poseidon. But Zeus, the elder brother of Poseidon, also plays a prominent role along with many other Greek gods and goddesses.

More on Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series website

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