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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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This was one of the most amazing and emotional days on holiday. The views from the top was amazing and a must do in Greece. As we entered one of the monasteries we lit a candle for my dad, who'd wante... read more »
E' stato un viaggio nell'entroterra greco meraviglioso. Questo posto è estremamente suggestivo e ti sembra di essere stato catapultato indietro di secoli.. Da non perdere assolutamente!It was a wonderful trip inland Greek. This place is extremely impressive and you seem to have been catapulted back centuries. Not to be missed!show original
Traveled to Meteora in Sept 2016. Can't say enough good things about the experience. Wife, toddler, and I hiked fro mother ground level up to the Monestaries 3 days in a row. The experience was wonder... read more »
Meteora is an amazing place and well worth the visit. We drove from Delfi to Kalampaka and were in awe of the monasteries that we could see sitting up so high on the rocks. We toured four of the monasteries during our two day stay. We tackled the hardest to reach, Holy Trinity, first. We hiked up the trail from town rather than driving up. The trail is steep and rocky. You need to be in good shape and carry plenty of water with you. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the base of the rock. Then we walked up many stairs to reach the top, but every step was worth it. I never imagined the beauty on top of the rock- gardens, views, and the ornate chapels. We would love to visit this area again. (You must have knees covered, women not in pants/short. They did have wrap around skirts to put on though).
Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos
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.
Definitely worth the trip, the area is composed of several different monasteries that you can stop and tour. The location itself is a bit out of the way but it's definitely worth the extra time. The buildings are amazing and the views spectacular.
Lewis Lexter Yap
This is a must see Facinating rock formation. Monestary built on top. Intricate art (wood carvings, paintings on wall). Its really a must place to visit
One of my favorite places in the world I've ever been to. Most people don't think of this place when thinking of Greece, or even know it's here, but it's a must see if you have some time to spend in Greece and want to see something most people don't even know exists. The drive from Athens is amazing, and I wouldn't even go if you can't spend at least 2 days there. There are breathtaking views of the monasteries perched on cliff tops and built into mountainsides, they are all visitable but all have different schedules, so check in advance which ones are closed on which days so you don't miss out on anything. Trust me you won't be disappointed!
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