METEORA, THE MIRACLE OF NATURE AND CHRISTENDOM
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The sacred rocks of Meteora and the city of Kalambaka are located near the foot of the Pindos mountain range, in the region of Trikala. A majestic geological wonder with a long history associated with the Christian tradition, Meteora were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, with the wider area also being part of the NATURA 2000 network.
In harmony with the natural landscape and on the peaks of the highest sandstone rocks, many monasteries were built. Meteora is one of the most important monuments of Orthodoxy, right after the state of Mount Athos, dating back to the early centuries of the previous millenium.
The first monasteries were built in the 13th and 14th century, while monastic life on the rocks began even earlier. Over the years, some of these monasteries have been rebuilt in order to be in today’s form, following their own unique architecture. Initially, access was possible via nets raised by scaffolds that were supported by beams embedded in the rocks, but later, ladders were used. Eventually, stairs were carved in the stone and these are what visitors primarily use today. 8 monasteries still stand today; of those, 6 are still operational and can be visited.
Visitors will have the chance to visit 2 or 3 of the monasteries that would be open to the public.
Just on the outskirts of Kalambaka, you can also find the “Theopetra cave”, a wonderful archeological site, where there is evidence that it has been inhabited by people for more than 130,000 years.
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