"Percy Jackson & the Olympians" Filming Locations

Where was Percy Jackson filmed?

Columns of the Parthenon at Acropolis
deTraci Regula

The film locations for the 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 as the younger generation attempts to train themselves.

Classic Greek Locations Used in the Film

So just where was Percy Jackson filmed? 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. (There is an elevator at the actual site in Greece, but it is reserved for the handicapped.)

The famed Parthenon, the temple of Athena Parthenos, which still exists in a 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 built in Nashville, Tennessee. This site includes a 42-foot tall statue of the goddess Athena. It can be visited by the public and periodically hosts ancient Greek festivals and other events, making it a natural site for kids addicted to the book and film series to visit.

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 and other mythological beings such as Hermes, Kronos, and the Gorgons.

The Lightning Thief (2010) was followed by Sea of Monsters (2013), which also featured some Greek locations but was not shot in Greece, filming at places in Canada and the United States.

  Though the films did well at the box office, reviews were mixed. Plans for a third film, based on Titan's Curse, the third book in the series, have not been finalized. As the young actors have aged out of their roles, if a third film does happen in the future, it may feature a new cast. Can we hope that perhaps they will go for more realism and actually shoot Percy Jackson in Greece? Unlikely, but you never know.