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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. 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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  • Don't leave Greece without seeing this. It will change your life. I was in Athens in the 1990s because I was on my way to Skyros to study Poetry with Nell Dunn, the English playwright who was Summerin...  more »
  • That was a dream come true trip! We visited all the monateries and I felt so happy, proud and satisfited! We took milions of photos and we will have this souvenirs for ever!  more »
  • Visiting Meteora gives you twin advantages one is you can marvel the architectural beauty and the other is that one can enjoy the natural beauty. We visited a couple of monasteries here. If you plan t...  more »
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  • Most naturally impressive and awe-inspiring places in the world that I have been to. You will leave a better person. :)
  • It is a wonderful place, with otherworldly rocks who seem to have fallen from the sky, with monasteries built on top. The 6 remaining are each unique in its way (one is more authentic, another has a museum, ...)
  • At first sight, I fell in love with these imposing rock masterpieces. Add the monasteries perched atop here and there and it was magical. I want to go back and spend more time there just taking it all in.
  • I read about this monastery in The Lost Throne written by Chris Kuzneski. On visiting I was really thrilled that my imagination came alive. Loved the interiors, atmosphere and the breeze.
  • Highly recommend to visit. I felt myself great here. The beauty of this place cannot be described in words. If you want to visit without haste and excursions you can take a local bus, get to Kalambaka. There is a public bus during the tourist season to Grand Meteora (Monastery of the Transfiguration). A taxi drive at any time of the year cost about 15-20 euros. It is so peaceful and quiet if you arrive after 2-3 p.m.! I walked back by foot - recommend! If you have time you can stay in a hotel nearby. In this case you will have an opportunity to visit the nearby monasteries.