Monasteries in Meteora Greece

What are the monasteries in Meteora Greece, we will give a clear answer to this question in this short travelogue. Literally translated from Greek, as we understood, meteor means "up in the heavens". There is some symbolism in this name, considering that all six monasteries we visited are quite high up. There are actually more monasteries, but we only saw the six largest ones in Meteora. The best option is to stay in the town of Kalambaka.

Located at the foot of Meteora. An important clarification is that the fee of three euros is for each of the monasteries. There is a lot of walking, and practically everything important in this area can be seen in two days. But let's not waste time and start our walk.

Monastery of St. Stefan, the first monastery we decided to visit. You can reach it by car without the need to climb many steps. This is a women's monastery, and quite a large one at that. We saw a few nuns who ignored us. Apparently they are used to tourists. It has been inhabited since the 16th century. During the Second World War, it was partially destroyed by the Nazis because they assumed that resistance partisans were hiding here. Quite a peaceful place, although it is a tourist attraction, there are certain restrictions for walking. Monastery of St. Troitsa is located next to the monastery of St. Stephen, because it is on the road along which you pass. If you see it from below, it will seem to you that it is in a very high place. This is because the sheer cliff is almost 400 meters. There are a lot of steps to climb, so a car is a better option. It was built in the period 1458 to 1476. There are many visitors in the morning, so my advice is to see it in the afternoon. Bookmark and Share

What are the monasteries in Meteora

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Unfortunately, then the photography is questionable, because a shadow falls and there is not much use for the photos. To date, the monastery of the Holy Trinity is not active, because the monks who inhabited it have left. I did not understand what the reason was. The buildings have been renovated and look very good, at least as a facade.

Rusanu Monastery or "St. Varvara' is a female metoch with well-kept beautiful gardens. In the 16th century, the brothers Joasaph and Maxim built the monastery in its current form, using the foundations of an older monastery. It was an active monastery until the war, but after the German occupation it was closed. Due to the great interest in Meteora, it was rebuilt and is currently operated by 13 nuns. It is forbidden to take pictures in the altar of the Holy Transfiguration Church, which is very beautiful by the way.

Varlaam Monastery is inhabited by 30 monks, not many, but enough. The second largest monastery in Meteora and the most visited. Its name is supposed to come from a hermit who lived here at the time. In 1518 the brothers Theophanes and Nectarius, who had the means to rebuild the church and the surrounding buildings that you can see now. Monastery of St. Nikolay Anapafsa - a beautiful monastery, standing on the high rock in the shadow of the two nearby monasteries Varlaam and the Great Meteor. In my opinion, it is the most difficult monastery to climb out of all the ones listed. Maybe because we were already very tired and a little bored from the big tour for two days. It was created by Nicanor Anapafsas and bearing his name in the 12th-13th centuries. Currently, there is only one monk who welcomes tourists with joy. The monastery of St. Transfiguration - the Great Meteor, this is the oldest and largest monastery. It is not by chance that it is called that because it is the face of Meteora. It was built on the highest rock in 1344 by 14 monks who later settled here. The monk Athanasius of Mount Athos drew up the canons by which everyone in the monastery would live and to this day is the unofficial head of all the monasteries in Meteora. To the monastery of St. Transfiguration is reached by a stone staircase, and many manuscripts and paintings from the history of this place can be seen here. The church is very interesting as an architecture. It is a dome with 12 walls, 24 meters high.

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