Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Kalambaka

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The Holy Trinity Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in central Greece, situated in the Peneas Valley northeast of the town of Kalambaka. It is situated at the top of a rocky precipice over 400 metres high and forms part of 24 monasteries which were originally built at Meteora, one of the oldest still existing of the Meteora monasteries . Six of the 24 monasteries are still active and open to visitors. The church was constructed between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites titled Meteora.GeographyThe monasteries were built on rock cliffs in the deltaic plains of Meteora. The cliffs rise to a height of more than. They are situated in the Pineios Valley within the Thessalian plains close to the town of Kalambaka. The rock cliffs, dated by chemical analysis to be 60 million years old, were created during earthquakes, and are of sandstone and conglomerate formations caused by fluvial erosion. The sediments were once in an inland sea during the Pliocene epoch. They rose as a cone during the earthquakes, forming steep rock columns, known as "heavenly columns". The area is hilly and forested, with river valleys, and a protected area known as Trikala Aesthetic Forest.The monasteries of St. Stephen's and Holy Trinity are separated from the main group, which are further to the north. Prior to the twentieth century, Holy Trinity had a very difficult approach, requiring crossing a valley and climbing through the rock outcrop to reach the building's entrance. Provisions were placed in baskets drawn up by rope-ladders (now with a winch). In present day, one can walk from Kalambaka for along a foot track to reach the monastery, or use a winch-operated lift. There is a road from the back side of the cliff. It is currently reached via tunnels and 130 steps of stone. The grounds include a garden at the summit.
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  • At the entrance to the rock above the monastery the monastery while taking the photos are really cool! I went in the off-season while waiting for another person, barely. There is no place to put a tripod where there are no FON deception came out with an angle not to take a. .. The monastery is located just of the tour was the first 3-4 I remember to me. I remember in one of the most fascinating scenery.
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  • Monastery interest to do, shame not to visit one such jewel, beautiful construction, but also a beautiful restoration.
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  • This place has a great view of the city and not too many people. Great for pictures. The entrance fee is only €3! Even has clean toilets.  more »
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  • Really beautiful views from the top of the monastery. The place itself is quite small and not overwhelming but you can't expect much more for a monastery on the top of a rock. If you are able, try the hike up from kalambaka it is very beautiful and nice to be in nature
  • Reasons to visit Meteora monasteries Six amazing monasteries are built on giant rocks which are composed of conglomerate and sandstone. These rock pillars are aged over 60 million years and rise to 400 meters in heightThe Greek word ‘Meteora’ means ‘suspended in air’Originally 24 monasteries were built here by the monks, between 14th and 16th century. But only 6 of them have survived through the timeUntil the 18th century, Meterora monasteries were served as a center of art and scholarshipHoly monastery of great meteoron, holy monastery of varlaam, holy monastery of rousanou, holy monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, Holy monastery of St. Stephen and the Holy monastery of trinity are the existing Meteora monasteriesToday, Meteora is a popular rock-climbing site and a world heritage site. It is also surrounded by beautiful hills and river valleys.
  • Really beautiful location and history to witness.
  • This monastery was featured in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only.
  • They use religion for economic benefit only. They do not let athletes climb up to do what they love. They have set a ticket for 3euro . DO NOT PAY

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Although it appears as a sleepy town nestled against a landscape of rugged cliffs, Kalambaka boasts over 30 hotels offering traditional Greek hospitality and modern amenities. Spacious rooms with views of the surrounding countryside come with secure parking, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. For something a bit more atmospheric, consider staying at one of the local guesthouses, which offer simply furnished but comfortable rooms and quick access to the region's world-famous monastic complex.
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