Visit Monasteries of Meteora
Meteora is, after the Holy Mountain, the largest and constant presence since the establishment of the first ascetics today monasteries in Greece. From the historical evidence suggests that the monasteries of Meteora were thirty in total. Of these thirty monasteries six are in operation today and receive many pilgrims. There are also many smaller monasteries abandoned. Most of them were founded in the 14th century.
- The Monastery of Great Meteoron - This is the largest of the monasteries located at Metéora, though in 2015 there were only 3 monks in residence. It was erected in the mid-14th century and was the subject of restoration and embellishment projects in 1483 and 1552. One 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 the 14th century and 1387/88 and decorated in 1483 and 1552.
- The Monastery of Varlaam – The Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in the Metéora complex, and in 2015 had the largest number of monks (seven) of the male monasteries. It was built in 1541 and embellished in 1548. A church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious exonarthex (lite) is surrounded by a dome. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548, while the exonarthex was decorated in 1566. 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 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. The monastery was given over to nuns in 1961 and they have reconstructed it into a flourishing nunnery, with 28 nuns in residence in 2015.
- 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. There were four monks in residence in 2015. Also famous from James Bond movie.
- The Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara was founded in the middle of the 16th century and decorated in 1560. Today it is a flourishing nunnery with 13 nuns in residence in 2015.
10 Reasons for me to visit Meteora
- To climb the 300 steps leading to the highest peak of the biggest rock and visit the Monastery of the Transfiguration.
- To see the rocks to emerge relief mysterious figures and faces
- To visit a very old and strange church, the Assumption
- To experience moments of relaxation and culinary delights in the shadow of Meteora.
- To follow the oldest human footprints ever discovered in the cave Theopetra
- To attend a river party on Sarakina, the same name bridge under which passes through the deepest river bed Penaeus.
- To get an amulet for a scarf from the St. George.
- Walk the streets of the picturesque old quarter of the amphitheater built Kastraki.
- To go up to the oldest settlement of Kalambaka to discover the fountain with magical properties.
- To cool off at the source Goura, whose name means "big mouth" and is located east of Diava