Meteora, Greece - Six monasteries in the middle of the sky


Meteora, Monasteries, Greece

Wikipedia describes: The Metéora (“middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” — etymologically related to meteorology) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The monks were the ones who kept the Hellenic culture arrive during the Turkish invasion. They preserved not just the religious tradition but the academics and arts as well. Without them, modern Greece would have mirrored the Ottoman empire. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

To get there by air, you can fly from Central Europe to Volos airport in Central Greece which is located in Nea Anchialos and then travel by car for approximately two hours to Meteora. You can also take the train or bus from Volos to Kalampaka, but it will take much longer. Or come by bus or train from Athens in about 4 to 5 hours.

Wikitravwel recommends here: The nearby towns of Kalampaka and Kastraki both offer different kinds of accommodation. Choose Kastraki if you want to stay close to the rocks, and also for the village atmosphere.

and they recommend to see the following attractions:

Inexpensive, mass produced icons may be purchased in the monasteries for as little as €1. They do not have the variety of the factories, however. The monasteries were not originally built for tourism. Tourism, essential to the monasteries survival, has also destroyed their character. They are no longer contemplative.

Attached image from Meteora by Dido3 (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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