Meteora Monasteries / Klasztory w Meteorach

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 Meteora’s monasteries are accessible by stairs cut into rock formations, originally made for nuns and monks.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.

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).

15 thoughts on “Meteora Monasteries / Klasztory w Meteorach

  1. sheokhanda 13/01/2013 / 4:34 pm

    I think it equates the Buddhist centers of learning who are similarly at mountain tops and monks go there for solitude and learning.

    • traveleum 15/01/2013 / 2:58 pm

      I am happy to follow your blog too. I like your soft and charming photography 🙂

  2. B. M. Wells 15/01/2013 / 7:47 pm

    i can’t believe this place exists. beautiful!

  3. Marilyn Davies 18/01/2013 / 11:51 pm

    Thanks again for taking the time to follow my blog. I love what you post, it is like having National Geographic delivered to my desktop! Stay safe.

  4. elka67500 14/04/2013 / 3:13 pm

    It’s really very nice pictures

  5. kimberlykrobeson 16/04/2013 / 9:32 pm

    Yasou Michal! I am Greek-American and one of the chapters from my novel ( takes place at at Meteora. When I visited Meteora in 2009, it left such a strong impression on me. Your pictures are amazing! Thank you for taking me back to such a special place through this post and your beautiful photos.
    Kimbelry 🙂

    • traveleum 17/04/2013 / 11:14 am

      Glad you like it, welcome in Traveleum!

  6. kowaloova 17/04/2013 / 7:36 am

    Co by się za bardzo nie rozpisać powiem tylko, że pójdę łożyć na ofiarę za to, że tutaj trafiłam. Fajne miejsce prawdziwego globtrotera.
    A Meteory… wspominam wspaniale, a Ty odświeżyłeś moej wspomnienia.
    Lecę poczytać o innych miejscach, które opisałeś. Czas planować urlop 🙂

    • traveleum 17/04/2013 / 11:12 am

      Aż tak ? 😉 to bardzo się cieszę, że podoba Ci się tutaj i zapraszam do regularnego odwiedzania bloga, szykuję bowiem jeszcze wiele atrakcji 🙂 Pozdrawiam!

  7. Michael Rappa 02/05/2013 / 9:26 pm

    Amazing. Think I’ll have to add this place to my bucket list.

  8. pdjpix 06/06/2013 / 8:11 am

    Very nice shots. Looks just like it did 23 years ago. Regards Peet

  9. Teona Baetu 30/06/2013 / 2:09 am

    My mom and I were there a couple of years ago, your photos are so vivid, I feel like I’m back there again! I remember climbing up to the monastery in such incredulous heat and then upon arrival, being given a long, black skirt. I thought I was going to faint from the heat, but the view was worth every stair climbed. Thanks for sharing these! 🙂

    • traveleum 04/07/2013 / 9:55 am

      I was there in the Winter, so it was a bit cold, but place itself is always stunning, no matter when you go there.

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