The Meteora

The Mystical Monasteries of The Meteora! One of the World’s Wonders listed on UNESCO as a world heritage site.

The Metéora known as the "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" — is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.

This tour starts from your hotel in Athens. The approximate driving time to The Meteora is 4 hours.

Here you will see six of the oldest monasteries in the world:

Six of the oldest monasteries in the world

  • The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron

    This is the largest of the monasteries located at Metéora. It was erected in the mid-14th century and was the subject of restoration and embellishment projects in 1483 and 1552. The building serves as the main museum for tourists. The Katholikon (main church), consecrated in honour of the Transfiguration of Jesus was erected in the middle of 14th century.
  • The Holy Monastery of Varlaam

    It is the second largest monastery in the Metéora complex. It was built in 1541 and embellished in 1548. A church, dedicated to All Saints, it was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548. The old refectory is used as a museum while north of the church is the parekklesion of the Three Bishops, built in 1627 and decorated in 1637.
  • The Holy Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara

    The Holy Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara was founded in the middle of 16th century and decorated in 1560.
  • The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas

    The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, built in the 16th century, has a small church, decorated by the noted Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas, in 1527.
  • The Holy Monastery of St. Stephen

    The Holy Monastery of St. Stephen has a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. This monastery rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. It was shelled by the Nazis during World War II who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned. Nuns took over and reconstructed it.
  • The Monastery of the Holy Trinity

    The Monastery of the Holy Trinity is on top of the cliffs. It was built in 1475 and was remodeled in 1684, 1689, 1692, 1741.

A place that everyone should visit to admire what man and nature can create

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