Rocks and Monasteries of Meteora
Located in the Thessaly area of central Greece, Meteora is about 220 miles from the capital Athens and a few miles from the town of Kalambaka. The Meteora rocks were formed naturally about 60 million years ago. There are over a thousand rocks and some of them rise to more than 2000 ft.
The word Meteora means “suspended in the air” in Greek, which is an apt word for the area that has monasteries on the top of towering rocks. The serenity and isolation of this area had attracted monks of Eastern Orthodox church to build several monasteries on top of the rocks. Some of the monasteries have invaluable paintings and frescoes. During World War II, Nazis looted some of them.
Meteora is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site in two categories:
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