Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The Meteora (meaning “suspended in the air”, or “in the heavens above” which is what meteora means in Greek), is one of the largest and most important complexes of the Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. To get to Meteora, the nearest town is Kalambaka.
The monasteries comprise of six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on spectacular natural rock pillars on the edge of the Pindus Mountains in Northern Greece, and is in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

It was established in the 11th century by hermit monks who were believed to be living among the caves and cutouts in the rock. Access to the monasteries were originally difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up goods and people.

Studies suggest that the pinnacles were formed about 60 million years ago, and later shaped into its current structure by weather and earthquakes.

(Excerpt: Sacred Destinations: Meteora; Wikipedia: “Meteora”)

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