The Meteora is the most important and the biggest group of Monastries in Greece, after Mount Athos. The most fascinating fact about Meteora is that its monasteries are located high above the boulders and it is World famous for hiking, its peaceful mountains with fresh air and its sense of serenity. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has six monasteries, which are located at the top of the hills and take some effort to reach. The hills give a nice experience of rock climbing with a pleasant view. The sun setting behind the rocks and the dying rays of the sun create a perfect magic to cherish in your mind for a long time. from the top of the rocks, the houses of village Kalampaka look tiny and beautiful.
Location: Thessaly, Greece
Climate: The place is hottest in May, June, July and it is coldest in December, January
Wear light cottons in summers. Carry along some light woolens if needed. Wear heavy woolens if you visit the place in winters.
Best time to visit: During the fall and summers
How to reach:
By Air: International Airport of Central Greece
Places of Interest
Great Meteoeon Monastery
Location: Meteora, Greece.
Timings: In summers: The Monastery is open all days except Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In winters: It is open all days except Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How to reach: By bus or by car
Welcome to the place where the beginning of the organized Monastisicm started in the Holy place of Meteora. The foundation of the great Meteoron Monastery was laid by the great Saint, Athanasios the Meteorite in the 14th century. It is the biggest and the oldest of all the monasteries of Meteora. Because it is made on top of the mountain, this monastery looks like it is suspended in the air.
The monastery has an exclusive ancient original kitchen, a royal dining hall, an exquisite museum and an old-age home, which should not be missed at any cost.
Monastery of Varlaám
Location: Meteora, Greece, opposite the great Meteora Monastery
Timings: Open all days except Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This 14th century second biggest Christian monastery is a prime example of engineering with minimal resources. Dedicated to the first and all the monks who worked and worshiped at this place, this sacred monastery will make you wonder “How did they make it?”. Varlaam monastery is the place of worship of the holy monks from the 15th century. This monastery was built by two priest-monk brothers, Hosioi Theophanes and Nectarious the Apsarades in the honor of Agioi Pantes in 1541-1542.
Monastery of Áyios Nikólaos Anapafsás (St. Nicholas)
Timings: Open all days except Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dedicated to St. Nichola,s this small monastery was founded in the 14tch century. It is closest to the Kastraki village, from where you have to follow a steep upward path and then the steps to reach the Monastery. This exotic Monastery is famous for its unique frescoes with beautiful paintings of Christianity.
The most unique feature about this Monastery is that it is built vertically on floors, with one level on top of the other level because of the limited surface of the rock. An in-built staircase makes accessibility to all the floors possible.
Monastery of Roussanou
Location: Meteora, Kalampaka, Greece
Timings: Open all days from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dedicated to St. Barbara, this16th century Monastery is made on a small rock and in order to reach, it you have to cross an old wooden bridge. It is more easily reachable than other monasteries because it is located at a lower elevation. The Monastery has the exquisite church, splendid guest quarters and exotic exhibition halls, along with the rare ancient holy relics and manuscripts. The Monastery is intriguing as it is well decorated and the frescoes look spectacular.
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Meteora
Location: Kalabaka, Greece
Timings: Open all days except Thursday from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.
The holy Monastery is at the top of the mountain, which give you a 360 degree view of the place. About 140 steps will take you the monastery after following a pathway to the foot of the rock. This 14th century holy place guarantees the amazement and tranquility, once you reach it. The architecture of the monastery is legendary, with interesting paintings and other artifacts to blow your mind.This is the most visited monasteries of this place. The main cathedral of the monastery was built in the 15th century. In 1741, it was decorated with exclusive frescoes by two monks. The exquisite wall paintings, which you can still see in the monastery were made by the hagiographers, the priest Antonios and Nicolaos, his brother.