Meteora: Rocks and Monasteries

Rocks and monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Rocks and monasteries of Meteora

Monastery of Great Meteoron
The towering rocks of Meteora are home to several Greek Orthodox monasteries. Because of serenity and isolation, monks started building monasteries on top of rocks in the 14th century. Back in the 16th century, there were 24 monasteries. Now they have dwindled to six active monasteries, and all of them are open to the public. Of the six, two of them are nunneries.

The images shows the Monastery of Great Meteoron, which is one of the six active monasteries. It is known by other names, including Holy Monastery of Transfiguration and Monastery of Metamorfossis. Built in the 1300s, it is the oldest and largest monastery in Meteora. It is a male monks only monastery.

Rocks and Monasteries of Meteora
Meteora has over a thousand towering rocks, which formed naturally about 60 million years ago, and some of them rise to more than 2000 ft. The rocks of Meteora are home to Greek Orthodox monasteries. Because of serenity and isolation, monks started building monasteries on top of rocks in the 14th century.

Back in the 16th century, there were 24 monasteries. Now they have dwindled into six active monasteries, and all of them are open to the public. Of the six, two of them are nunneries. Some monasteries have invaluable paintings and frescoes. During World War II, Nazis looted some of them.

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