Rock-Tower Monasteries of Meteora

May 3, 2012 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Top Attractions

One of the amazing monasteries in Meteora.

One of the amazing monasteries in Meteora. Photo courtesy of Dido3 via wikipedia

One of the absolutely spectacular adventures in pursuing Greece’s vast and historical landmarks, the monasteries atop the rock-towers of Meteora is sure to impress. Located in Thessaly in central Greece, a hike to the top of the rock-towers gets you to some of the most important Orthodox structures in the country, the 24 monasteries of the Meteora.

Of the largest of the six monasteries, the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, built in the 14th century, is the largest and now serves as a terrific museum surrounded by decorations now more than 500 years old. The second largest holy structure there, the Holy Monastery of Varlaam still contains the specific side-chapels built in honor of three bishops, while the old refectory is used as a museum highlighting its fruitful history.

The most exhilarating part of the area is certainly the hiking/climbing, so get ready for a lot of it, but know that it is well worth the while. From the top of Meteora, you get an amazing view of the town of Kalambaka below.  To get there, simply follow the marked paths getting you from monastery to monastery.

The best way to get into town is by bus or train, both of which take about 5 hours, and both of which can be caught from Athens and end up directly in Meteora. There are also trains from Thessaloniki and Volos if you happen to be visiting, or plan on going to those areas.

-John Reality

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