Orthodox monastery in an unorthodox location

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Kalambaka, Greece

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Suspended in the air

Meteora is a complex of pillar rock formations on which six monasteries of Orthodox church are located. It is one of the most important cultural and religious centres in Greece and its placement on top of these steep rock pillars make it stand out from other monasteries in the world. Meteora means “suspended in the air” or “suspended rocks” and we have to say that it’s an apt name for such a spot, which reminds us of Tiger’s Nest.

Rich in history

Kalambaka was a place where several monks used to meditate and teach right from the 11th century. It was later in the 1400s when they were attacked by Ottoman empire these monks began to see refuge in remote and treacherous locations. The steep rock pillars near Kalambaka was a perfect choice to build monasteries safe from attackers and plunderers. The monks even avoided using any permanent steps to reach the top and instead relied on ropes and ladders that could be easily removed from the top.

Visitors are welcome

Meteora is a beautiful creation of nature and the monasteries are the icing on top for any aspiring traveller. Dawns and dusks are spectacular sights from the top and the peaceful ambience of the monasteries are ideal for the soul-seeking wanderer. Reaching on top is not as hard as it used to be in the past. After all the conquests and invasions, steps were caved in the rock and a connecting bridge was constructed from the nearby plateau. But keep in mind that the visitors need to follow the visiting time of the monasteries and obey a dress code suggested by the monks.

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