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Agia Triada Monastery

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Made famous by James Bond, Agia Triada (also Ayías Triádhos, Ayia Triada or Aghia Triada; "Holy Trinity") is probably the most dramatically positioned monastery of the Meteora. It is perched atop a slender pinnacle and accessible only by 140 steep steps, making it one of the most peaceful monasteries as well.

Hermit monks may have lived here beginning in the 14th century, but the present monastery was built between 1458 and 1476. Until the 20th century, monks, pilgrims and supplies reached the monastery only by means of rope-ladders and baskets. But in 1925, access to the rock was eased by the addition of rock-hewn stairs. Few tour buses stop at Holy Trinity Monastery, so it is comparatively peaceful and some semblence of monastic life is able to continue. It is inhabited and maintained by just a few monks.

Carved into the rock off the passageway into the courtyard is a round Chapel of John the Baptist (1682), which may occupy the site of an early hermitage. Holy Trinity owns over 120 religious manuscripts copied by its monks over the centuries, but for practical reasons these are kept at Agios Stefanos Monastery.

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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Monastery of Aiga Triada

Built in the 17th century by two brothers, both in the monastic sense and the biblical sense. They came from a wealthy family and converted to the Orthodox faith, upgrading their local church in the process. Byzantine, with three domes, and two domed chapels, this monastery also has Ionic and Corinthian columns for good measure, as well as a bell tower and an external chapel. There's an inscription in Greek and Latin over the main entrance.

It's located 15.5kms from Chania near Kourmares.

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