GREECE: Meteora Monasteries / GRECJA: Klasztory w Meteorach

Greece: Meteora / Grecja: Meteory

The Meteora is the second, to Mount Athos, largest complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. All six monasteries are built on natural stone rock pillars located in central Greece, close to Pindus Mountains and Pineios River. The nearest town – Kalambaka – is full of hotels and restaurants. Meteora’s monasteries are accessible by stairs cut into rock formations, originally made for nuns and monks.  Two monasteries are still inhabited by nuns (Monastery Roussanou and the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen).

The largest monastery, called “The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron”, was erected as the first monastery in 14th century.  Other monasteries comprise: The Holy Monastery of Rousanou, The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, The Holy Monastery of St. Stephen, The Holy Monastery of Varlaam, The Monastery of the Holy Trinity.

Greece: Meteora / Grecja: Meteory

If you are based in Athens it is better to book a room for one night in Kalambaka. One day trip from Athens can be exhausting. There is a direct train, leaving daily in the morning from Athens and a one way trip takes about 5 hours. You can also take a bus which is two times more expensive and the trip is not much shorter, it takes about 4,5 hours. The most comfortable way to get to Meteora from Athens is for sure renting a car (the trip takes about 4 hours, of course depending on the traffic). If you want to rent a car we recommend smaller rent-a-car companies which are cheaper than the big ones such as Hertz, Budget, Avis or Sixt. For example cost of one day rental of an economy (class B) car in a small rental office was about 35 EUR per day (including full insurance).

Greece: Meteora / Grecja: Meteory

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41 thoughts on “GREECE: Meteora Monasteries / GRECJA: Klasztory w Meteorach

  1. jumpingpolarbear 10/01/2013 / 5:55 pm

    I am scared of hights, so I would be terrified living there🙂.

  2. ChuckZ 10/01/2013 / 8:34 pm

    These are some incredible pictures, and amazing locations.

    • traveleum 10/01/2013 / 8:36 pm

      Yes, Meteora is out of this world🙂

  3. diversifolius 10/01/2013 / 10:17 pm

    Absolutely amazing!
    I know that on Mount Athos the access of women is forbidden, is it the same on Meteora?

    • traveleum 10/01/2013 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you. No, on Meteora women have to wear long trousers or long skirts.

  4. teny 11/01/2013 / 1:54 am

    beautiful & unbelievable place🙂

  5. zachandclem 11/01/2013 / 8:07 pm

    Amazing!!

  6. Bupe Rose 12/01/2013 / 3:50 pm

    Wow! How did you take these photos? They’re incredible!

  7. Cane 12/01/2013 / 8:13 pm

    Teraz już się tak nie buduje…😉

  8. photographymemoirs 12/01/2013 / 10:09 pm

    Beautiful photography. Mentor and Mount Athos are two places that I really would love to experience and photograph. Keep up the great work.

    • traveleum 12/01/2013 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Best regards!

  9. Sofia 12/01/2013 / 10:31 pm

    Wow, beautiful photos and great view!!! I want to go there🙂

    • traveleum 12/01/2013 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you and yes, the place is amazing..

  10. sheokhanda 13/01/2013 / 4:32 pm

    how did they even manage to build that in 14th century on that hill top, that too without much technology ?

    Amazing stuff, somethings in the world show the remarkable spirit and undying resolve of the human beings.

  11. Heather 14/01/2013 / 12:02 am

    stunningly beautiful…can’t imagine the process for constructing this monastery?
    by the way, thank you for stopping by…

  12. Marilyn Davies 14/01/2013 / 1:11 am

    now that is an amazing place, wow… and thanks for cruising through my blog!

    • traveleum 14/01/2013 / 9:32 am

      Thank you for sharing this post!

  13. mtlawleyshire 14/01/2013 / 4:51 am

    What an amazing beautiful looking place! & thank you for the follow. I have reciprocated.

  14. mtlawleyshire 14/01/2013 / 4:51 am

    though i should add I don’t always have time to comment at the moment – alas. I will attempt to catch up…

  15. greenmackenzie 14/01/2013 / 2:06 pm

    This looks like an amazing place, your photos are great, thanks for taking us along🙂

  16. My Tropical Home 15/01/2013 / 2:52 pm

    Hello traveleum! You have amazing photos here! Your really show up the beauty in every place you’ve been. Thanks for sharing these places with us through your lenses.

    Thanks also for following my blog.

    Warmest regards from the Philippines,
    Mary

    • traveleum 15/01/2013 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you, and I am sending best regards from Poland! Michal

  17. Jo 19/01/2013 / 1:41 am

    These photographs literally took my breath away. Beautiful.

  18. gustavop 22/01/2013 / 12:33 am

    I guess that mount was the location one of a James Bond’s film, anyway the pictures are amazing.
    Saludos.

    • traveleum 22/01/2013 / 12:41 am

      oh, I didn’t know… anyway thank you, saludos!

  19. Jude 22/01/2013 / 1:01 pm

    Simply amazing – a place of lofty height and splendid isolation!

  20. the tow path 29/01/2013 / 7:31 pm

    Greece is somewhere I have always wanted to visit but was totally unaware the monastaries existed.

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