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Meteora, where faith reaches the clouds

Greece ● Kalabaka ● Meteora ● 13 July 2016
 

Meteora, "Stairway to Heaven"

If someone hasn't visited Meteora it is hard to understand their beauty. It is a heavenly, unique landscape, the visitor doesn't only admire it but he can also "feel" it, it is a mysterious geological phenomenon.

According to the dominant theories of geologists, the huge stones of Meteora, were created from river and limestone rocks which had been amassed for millions years, to form an undivided cone into the sea, which used to cover the space which is occupied today by Thessaly .

The wild and unapproachable scenery of Meteora, became the "shelter" for Christian monks who settled here around 1100 A.C. The monastic life in Meteora decayed after the decline of the Byzantine empire and the Ottoman occupation of Thessaly in 1393. However, in the end of the 15th century and especially in the 16th century Meteora met their golden era, since new monasteries were establishedδ, with catholics and monastic buildings decorated with marvelous hagiography, an art of high aesthetics. The "monastic town" reached its peak around the 17th century but in the 18th cent. Began its downfall.

Today, from the 24 monasteries, only 6 still operate. In 1988 they were included in the list of UNESCO monuments of world heritage.

Kalambaka is the city, lying under the shadow of the rocks. Here someone will find many hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. In the old, well preserved town of Kalabaka you can visit the only wood carving school of Greece. Also above Kalabaka, is a picturesque village, Kastraki , with beautiful houses, mansions and narrow alleys. It is nice to have a walk there and admire Meteora.

Last but not least Meteora are ideal for climbing lovers of course due to their huge stones.

Meteora are 360 klm far from Athens and 230 klm from Thessaloniki. The fastest route is Domokos-Karditsa -Trikala .


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