Meteora, Kastraki

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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. Plan your Meteora visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kalambaka using our Kalambaka day trip planner .
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  • This is a great place! If you have arrived on mainland Greece, Meteora is one of the major sites and attractions of the country, which is well worth a visit. Despite the long journey (about 5:00 by train in 1 direction), all pays off with a vengeance, from the moment when you're the tablecloths to the long-awaited stations. So many emotions I haven't experienced before. Amazing temples located on the rocks as the storks ' nests. Exceptional there everything from landscape to architecture. Was there only a few hours (a little), but you need to select at least 2 days to explore the major monuments, photo sessions and exploring the beautiful and fabulous places. This is a must see at least 1 time in my life. I am sure that you will not regret!
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  • It's difficult to put in words how amazing experience Meteora is! The huge rocks rising, the beautiful monasteries on top of them, the piece of the Orthodox churches, the history... Definitely, for th...  more »
  • The monasteries built on the shelves of rock do electrifying. Beautiful views, a handle to the monasteries of the long staircase. A must-see in this part of Greece.
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