Tuesday, 5 July 2016

TRAVEL TUESDAY #34 - METÉORA, GREECE

“My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.” - John Keats

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The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, pronounced [mɛˈtɛoɾɐ], lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” — etymologically related to “Meteorite”) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka.

The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. All of the monasteries that are located at Metéora are perched on high cliffs and accessible by staircases cut into the rock formations. They were created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church. Much of the architecture of these buildings is Athonite in origin. Of the six intact monasteries, the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen and Monastery Roussanou are inhabited by nuns.


Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive: These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the Meteora vertical cliffs were regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation, to discover peace and harmony and, thus, to support man’s eternal struggle for spiritual elevation.


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5 comments:

  1. Aren't these monasteries highly perched in the mountains amazing? When I see them I always wonder how long it took them to get all their building materials up there!
    I tried to look up info about the gargoyle building in San Diego I posted, no luck up till now -

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  2. THat is amazing! The building of that must have been quite a feat!

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  3. I've been there and it is really spectacular!

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