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Meteora, Kastraki

(4.9/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
Meteora, roughly translated as "suspended in the air," serves as one of the largest and historically most significant Eastern Orthodox monastery complexes in Greece, inscribed on the World Heritage List. The complex consists of a group of monasteries reachable only by narrow staircases painstakingly cut into steep sandstone cliffs. Orthodox monks settled in this region in the 11th century, originally building 24 monasteries, six of which remain intact. Each monastery possesses an important collection of precious sacred manuscripts and medieval frescoes, representing some of the finest examples of post-Byzantine painting. Wear shoes suitable for rugged terrain. Also take note to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders when entering the monasteries. Our Kalambaka itinerary builder makes visiting Meteora and other Kalambaka attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A m a z i n g ! A must visit place! U can drive between the rocks (there's a paved road) or take a long walk. We didn't get in the monastery, Just enjoyed the view. We liked it so much we came twice: ...  more »
  • We set in motion by juhomenitsa just moored to the Harbour and after a couple of hours we had a Meteor! In front of your eyes an amazing sight, huge monoliths with over of monasteries, were 24 in total I think, between closed and collapsed, I think they were only 6 to visit, are easily accessible by stairs, are very well kept! Is one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen, if you are on holiday in Greece is a must
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  • I loved my visit here, it was a most beautiful place to visit unlike anything else in the world.. I would like to return in the summer and linger longer to really get the full spiritual essence of the...  more »
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  • Pictures of Meteora are beautiful but honestly they don't do it justice; Meteora is breathtakingly beautiful both for its natural geography and for the ancient monasteries. Be sure to stay long enough to visit some of the monasteries during the day (entrance fee charged and appropriate dress required-but they have loaners) and for the incredible sunset at night.
  • These monasteries are just incredible. The Great Meteoron Monastery has grown enough to house all of its monks and also to serve as a museum. For 3€ you can visit half of the building, 3 or 4 exhibitions inside and wander around the outside patios to be amazed by breathtaking views.
  • One of the worst place I've visited in Europe: - ridiculously crowded - it's all a business (nuns TURN OFF VOTIVE CANDLES to make other people use them again and economize!!.... no words...) - u have to pay 3 euro for person for each montastery to see almost nothing... (the church and a room or 2) - no need of long clothes, they prepared skirts and everything to get as much turists as possible.. - they open at "9.00" but u can enter way before, but if there is a micro-museum indoors u can be sure it doesn't open at 9.00!! (at 9.30 was still closed!) - we went to the bigger monastery and, only when we reached the top, we discovered that it was closed all the morning cause of a mass!! not even a sign of that!.. - the only worth thing is the landscape
  • Amazing views and architecture. You need to be dressed properly to visit monastery, but there is option to tent special cover for men and women. If you have in plans to visit Greece - keep this place as must see.
  • One of the top attractions of Greece. Unique landscape of huge sandstone rocks towering over the plain, with monasteries (initially inaccessible) on top of them. Great opportunity for beautiful photographs. Allow a few hours to visit this place. Highly recommended.