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Listed under Monasteries in Thessaly, Greece.

  • Photo of Meteora
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  • Photo of Meteora
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Photo of Meteora
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The great rock monoliths of Meteora (“in the air”) soar over the towns of Kalambaka and Kastraki. Perched improbably atop some of these giant pinnacles of conglomerate rock are Meteora’s famous monasteries, constructed by Christian monks in the 14th century to escape Serbian and Turkish persecution. Six monasteries are open to visitors and the views are incredible from each one.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting.

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