Greece can sometimes surprise you beyond all imagination, which is the part off the charm and magic associated with the country. Even nature seems to have gifted Greece with wonders that are truly unique and spectacular than the rest of the world.
Such a natural wonder, the mystery of which was only added to by the humans is the Eastern Orthodox Monasteries located on the top of the natural sandstone mountain pillars near the Pindus Mountain and the Peneios River. You can easily reach the Meteora, which literally means “suspended rocks”, which is why meteors in the space are named so. The Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The fan of Bond movies might remember the movies “For Your Eyes Only’, which featured Meteora as one of its filming locations. Apart from that, Meteora has been the center of attention in many works of art and literature.
The site is simply breath-taking and offers the perfect setting for spiritual institutions. The monasteries include the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the Holy Monastery of Rousanou, the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, the Holy Monastery of Varlaam, the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen, and the Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
The monastery of Great Meteoron is the largest of the Meteora monasteries. Built in the 14th century, the Great Meteoron serves as the main tourist attraction, and features a museum as well.
It is closely followed in popularity by the Varlaam Monastery, which was built in the 15th century and features a church dedicated to All Saints.
Despite the fact that most tourists do not head towards Meteora, but those who discover the place cannot resist but visiting it. This little discovered and mystical place, which is spiritually sacred to many, offers a great adventure. The hike to the cliffs is particularly challenging, especially due to the heat, and if you are not adventurous enough, you should rather hire a taxi.
Photos taken within 10 km
Map of Meteora & places nearby