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Meteora, Greece-One of The Most Unreal and Stunning Sacred Places on Earth

Greece Meteora TRAVEL

The most impressive monasteries in ThessalyBuilt high in the mountains by Greek Orthodox monks to escape the Turkish raiders of the Ottoman empire, Meteora (translates to mean “above the heavens” or “suspended in the sky” ) is among the most important and largest monuments of the world and the most important in Thessaly.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 2It makes you wonder how did they built the monastery!, oh yes it’s amazing.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 8The impressive huge monolithic stones create one of the most gorgeous panoramas in Europe.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 4Meteora fully merits its UNESCO world heritage label. It’s fantastic!Getting to KalampakaThe closest village to Meteora is Kalambaka.

When you enter Kalabaka you face the imposing giant rocks that have been standing there for many centuries (formed about 60 million years ago) protecting the monasteries from the invaders .

The impressive Meteora monasteries were built hundreds of years ago by monks who lived in caves in the area. The first hermit monks came to the inaccessible peaks of the rocks during the 11th century.

At the end of the 14th century, the Byzantine Empire’s 800-year reign over northern Greece was being increasingly threatened by Turkish raiders. So the inaccessible rock pillars of Meteora seemed to be the most ideal refuge for the monks. The monks climbed higher and higher, finally building their monasteries atop the tall rocks. They had built 24 monasteries but today remain only six. Of these six, four were inhabited by men, and two by women. Each monastery has fewer than 10 inhabitants. The monasteries are now tourist attractions.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 26Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the mysterious beauty of Meteora.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 6The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 3You probably wonder how do people get up there, well… check the photo below.

In order to rich the ground or go up the monks used mechanism depicted in the above photo, rumor has it they were changing the ropes only after they broke , “when the Lord let them break”. Scary, no?

historical photo of Meteoraimage source

Now I have good news for you, in the 1920s were built roads and stone steps and you can rich the monasteries by staircases cut into the rock formations. I guess you are relieved now but make sure to wear comfortable shoes because there are too many stairs. Well, I didn’t.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 13I simply have no words to describe how amazing is this extraordinary scenery. Meteora will never cease to amaze me.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 14Unfortunately during World War II and the Greek Civil War (1946 – 1949) the Metéora monasteries were looted and that wouldn’t happen if the monasteries had remained inaccessible, without steps and roads. But nowadays there are no longer invaders and you can simply enjoy the beauty of these monasteries.

The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 15The most impressive monasteries in Thessaly 25In front of the entrance of the monasteries there are mini shops where you can buy some souvenirs.

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After visiting the monasteries, you can make the hike back to the bottom while savoring the heavenly views, but if you are hungry and tired few km away is located the picturesque village Kastraki which is popular for it’s taverns. About 20 km away is located the city of Trikala which has also many options for nice taverns.

The closest city to Meteora is Kalambaka but I had booked a hotel in Trikala, it’s only 20 minutes drive from Meteora.

Ananti, 5star hotel in Trikala, on the hillI stayed at the Ananti hotel. It’s a 5star hotel built on the top of a hill, so all the 18 rooms it has have amazing view.

Ananti, 5star hotel in Trikala, exterior pool Ananti, 5star hotel in Trikala, terrace barThe staff was very friendly the breakfast nice but I would advise women not to use Jacuzzi, I did and the next days suffered.

view from Ananti hotel, 5star hotel in TrikalaAnanti, 5star hotel in Trikala, night view

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  • equinoxio21 January 12, 2016

    A fabulous post. I’d heard about the place, but had never seen it in its… full glory, from various angles. The hotel also looks nice, but pardon my asking: why did you suffer in the jacuzzi? (Puzzled emoticon)

    • mocochoco January 13, 2016

      Lol, actually I didn’t suffer the day I used jacuzzi, but the next days…for health issues. Women can understand me better 🙂

      • equinoxio21 January 14, 2016

        Okay. I think I get the drift. Hope you’re better now. And again thanks for sharing your post. 🙂

  • robiross January 13, 2016

    very nice …. I was here …: D

  • justbluedutch January 14, 2016

    Wonderful place and you’ve captured it so well.Thank you for bringing us along in your adventure.:)

  • Snapshotsincursive January 15, 2016

    A marvel of mystery. Such beauty. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sonal Bane January 18, 2016

    Fantastic pics !

  • tejaschafekar February 19, 2016

    Amazing.. definitely want to go here someday!

  • thoughtful pennies February 27, 2016

    Very informative post and beautiful pictures! Not sure I can be as brave as you on those high elevations but it definitely sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • johncoyote March 3, 2016

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. I agree. A sacred place.

  • tk1208 March 7, 2016

    Thanks for the like on my blog. I didn’t know about Meteora and now I want to go 🙂 You’re an inspiration to me! I’m following

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  • Mie Schmidt March 9, 2016

    This place has been on my bucket list since the first time I visited Greece – it looks amazing! Great pictures 🙂

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