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Monasteries of Meteora

Monasteries of Meteora: Meteora is located in northern Greece, about 352 km from Athens. Meteora is surrounded by imposing sandstone rock formations. The rocks rise over 400 m above the Peneas Valley. In the 14th century Greece was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, many monks found a refuge on the top of the rocks of Meteora. Several monasteries were built on the top of the rocks in the 14th and 15th centuries. The monasteries of Meteora were built under impossible conditions. The early monasteries were only reached with climbing and removable ladders. Today, from the 24 monasteries only six remain active. Megalo Meteoro Monastery was built upon the highest rock. Megalo Meteoro is the largest monastery in the Meteora area. The Varlaam Monastery was built in 1541-1542. The Varlaam Monastery houses an important collection of ecclesiastical treasuries and Byzantine frescoes. The Roussanou Monastery was founded in 1545. The church of the Roussanou Monastery is adorned with religious icons and frescoes. The Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) was founded in 15th century, this monastery was used as a film location for the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. The other active monasteries are the Monastery of Agios Stefanos and the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas. Meteora gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.  

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Monasteries of Meteora - The Meteora region is situated near the towns of Kalambaka and Kastraki in Greece. Kalambaka and Kastraki are surrounded by...

The Meteora region is situated near the towns of Kalambaka and Kastraki in Greece. Kalambaka and Kastraki are surrounded by magnificent sandstone rock formations of Meteora. The rocks rise over 400 metres above the Peneas Valley. In the 14th and 15th centuries, 24 monasteries were built on top of the huge rocks pillars. Meteora became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

  1. Monasteries of Meteora - The Meteora region is situated near the towns of Kalambaka and Kastraki in Greece. Kalambaka and Kastraki are surrounded by...

    The Meteora region is situated near the towns of Kalambaka and Kastraki in Greece. Kalambaka and Kastraki are surrounded by magnificent sandstone rock formations of Meteora. The rocks rise over 400 metres above the Peneas Valley. In the 14th and 15th centuries, 24 monasteries were built on top of the huge rocks pillars. Meteora became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

  2. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The Megalo Meteoro Monastery was built upon the highest rock in the Meteora area. Megalo Meteoro is the largest and oldest...

    Meteora: The Megalo Meteoro Monastery was built upon the highest rock in the Meteora area. Megalo Meteoro is the largest and oldest monastery in the Meteora ares, founded in 1340. A small church was built in 1350. Thanks to royal donations, Megalo Meteoro became the most powerful of all the monasteries of Meteora.

  3. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Eastern Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, women must wear skirts below their knees, men must...

    Meteora: Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Eastern Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, women must wear skirts below their knees, men must wear long pants, sleeveless clothes and shorts are prohibited. In some of the monasteries of Meteora skirts and shawls are available on loan. It is not allowed to take photos inside the monasteries.

  4. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: Inside the tower of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery, the tower contains a windlass and basket, used to transport monks and...

    Meteora: Inside the tower of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery, the tower contains a windlass and basket, used to transport monks and supplies, it was used until the 1960s. Nowadays, it is only used to transport supplies, monks and visitors can use the staircase. In Greece, the monasteries of Meteora are the most important Eastern Orthodox monasteries after Mount Athos.

  5. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The tower and basket of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery, monks lift supplies up to the monastery. In the 16th century, there were 24...

    Meteora: The tower and basket of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery, monks lift supplies up to the monastery. In the 16th century, there were 24 monasteries. Four of the remaining monasteries are inhabited by monks, the other two remaining monasteries are inhabited by nuns. The other monasteries are dilapidated. The remaining monasteries are now tourist attractions.

  6. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora Monasteries: The storerooms of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery are filled with bottles wrapped in wicker baskets. Meteora is a mixed...

    Meteora Monasteries: The storerooms of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery are filled with bottles wrapped in wicker baskets. Meteora is a mixed World Heritage Site, both cultural and natural. Meteora was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. The Meteora area is situated in Thessaly region in the heart of Greece, about 352 km from Athens.

  7. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The ossuary of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery. The ossuary houses the bones of deceased monks. A deceased monk was buried for...

    Meteora: The ossuary of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery. The ossuary houses the bones of deceased monks. A deceased monk was buried for several years, then the grave was opened and the bones transferred to the ossuary. This is a common form of burial practice in many monasteries.

  8. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The Katholikon is the main church of Megalo Meteoro Monastery, the Katholikon was built in the 14th century and dedicated to the...

    Meteora: The Katholikon is the main church of Megalo Meteoro Monastery, the Katholikon was built in the 14th century and dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ. The monastery church houses icons of great importance. Several parts of the monastery were carved out of the rock. The Megalo Meteoro Monastery houses a museum, dedicated to religious art.

  9. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: A fresco on the outside wall of the church of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery. The church houses several remarkable icons. All...

    Meteora: A fresco on the outside wall of the church of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery. The church houses several remarkable icons. All monasteries of Meteora are adorned with icons and frescoes. Each monasteries of Meteora has a museum, dedicated to religious art. It is not allowed to take any photos in the monasteries of Meteora.

  10. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: A small chapel near the entrance to the Megalo Meteoro Monastery. The chapel was carved out of the rock. The Megalo Meteoro...

    Meteora: A small chapel near the entrance to the Megalo Meteoro Monastery. The chapel was carved out of the rock. The Megalo Meteoro Monastery stands on the highest rock of Meteora. Some parts of the Megalo Meteoro Monastery were also carved out of the rock. Today, there are six active monasteries in Meteora.

  11. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: A giantic wooden barrel to store wine. The early monasteries of Meteora were only reached by climbing or via...

    Meteora: A giantic wooden barrel to store wine. The early monasteries of Meteora were only reached by climbing or via removable ladders, they were built under impossible conditions. The Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) was founded in 15th century, in 1981 the monastery was used as a film location for the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

  12. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The Holy Varlaam Monastery is situated high upon a rock in the Meteora area, the monastery was built in 1541-1542 and decorated in...

    Meteora: The Holy Varlaam Monastery is situated high upon a rock in the Meteora area, the monastery was built in 1541-1542 and decorated in 1548-1566. The monastery can be reached by a narrow bridge and staircase. The Varlaam Monastery is the second largest monastery in Meteora. Of the 24 original monasteries of Meteora, only six survived.

  13. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The domes of the Katholikon of the Varlaam Monastery, the Katholikon is the main church of the monastery. The Katholikon of Varlaam was...

    Meteora: The domes of the Katholikon of the Varlaam Monastery, the Katholikon is the main church of the monastery. The Katholikon of Varlaam was built high upon the rocks in 1542. The church is decorated with frescoes. There is even a small garden on the monastery grounds. The Varlaam Monastery is still occupied by a few monks.

  14. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The tower of Varlaam Monastery contains the windlass. A large basket was used for bringing up monks and supplies. The windlass...

    Meteora: The tower of Varlaam Monastery contains the windlass. A large basket was used for bringing up monks and supplies. The windlass and basket were used for centuries by the monks of Meteora. Today, it is only used to transport supplies. Since the 1960s monks and visitors can use the staircase. Before the 1960s, even tourists were being carried up in a basket.

  15. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The Varlaam Monastery, the tower contains the windlass and a rope basket, that dates from 1536. The basket was used to transport...

    Meteora: The Varlaam Monastery, the tower contains the windlass and a rope basket, that dates from 1536. The basket was used to transport monks, supplies and visitors. It was used until the 1960s. Nowadays, it is only used to transport supplies, monks and visitors can use the staircase.

  16. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora: The Roussanou Monastery perched on its rock in Meteora, the monastery is the most spectacular situated monastery of Meteora. The...

    Meteora: The Roussanou Monastery perched on its rock in Meteora, the monastery is the most spectacular situated monastery of Meteora. The Roussanou Monastery was founded around 1545 and was only reachable by a rope ladder. In 1868, a timber bridge was built and now the monastery can be reached via this small bridge from another sandstone peak.

  17. Monasteries of Meteora - Meteora seen from the Roussanou Monastery. The monastery is towering high above the towns Kalambaka and Kastraki. The Roussanou monastery was...

    Meteora seen from the Roussanou Monastery. The monastery is towering high above the towns Kalambaka and Kastraki. The Roussanou monastery was damaged and plundered by Germans troops during WWII. The monastory was carefully restored and is since 1988 occupied by a small community of nuns. The church is adorned with icons and frescoes.

  18. Monasteries of Meteora - The Monasteries of Meteora perched on the rocks. In the 14th century, Greece was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, many monks found a refuge on...

    The Monasteries of Meteora perched on the rocks. In the 14th century, Greece was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, many monks found a refuge on the top of the rocks of Meteora. Once there were 24 monasteries, nowadays only six remain. In Greek the name Meteora means 'Suspended in the air'. Meteora was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.