The Meteora monasteries are located near Kalambaka in central Greece. Since 1988 Metéora is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Past Larissa, we reach the fantastic Meteora monasteries. As of the 11th century, 24 cloisters were built on 300 m of a high conglomeration rock over the village Kalabaka. 6 of them are still inhabited.
Like Athos, the monastic community is subject to particularly strict rules. Unlike Athos, Meteora still has two nunneries.
Until 1920’s, some monasteries were only accessible via ladders or elevators.
The reason for the construction at an airy height may have been the turn to God, but also because the monasteries were often targets of raids and looting. In the monasteries, famous frescoes, as well as skulls of former monks, can be visited.
Depending on daylight the plants convey different atmospheric pictures again and again.
As you can see in the video above, this attracts visitors of too risky photo shooting in an adventurous footwear on the edge of the precipice.
Once a year, in honor of St. Georgos on the 23rd of April or the 2nd Easter Day, young people climb to a cave in the middle of one of the rocky walls to fasten colorful headscarves of their beloved there.
The monastery of Holy Trinity on top of a 565m high rock served as a backdrop for the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
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