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Meteora, Kalambaka

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Meteora, roughly translated as "suspended in the air," serves as one of the largest and historically most significant Eastern Orthodox monastery complexes in Greece, inscribed on the World Heritage List. The complex consists of a group of monasteries reachable only by narrow staircases painstakingly cut into steep sandstone cliffs. Orthodox monks settled in this region in the 11th century, originally building 24 monasteries, six of which remain intact. Each monastery possesses an important collection of precious sacred manuscripts and medieval frescoes, representing some of the finest examples of post-Byzantine painting. Wear shoes suitable for rugged terrain. Also take note to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders when entering the monasteries. Plan your Meteora visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kalambaka using our Kalambaka day trip planner.
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  • Seeing the very old hermetic cells in caves on the sheer rock face. Very surprised by the beautiful frescoes and paintings in the chapels of Roussanou and St. Stephen's Monasteries. 
    Seeing the very old hermetic cells in caves on the sheer rock face. Very surprised by the beautiful frescoes and paintings in the chapels of Roussanou and St. Stephen's Monasteries.  more »
  • Day excursion from parga,fairly hairy bus ride from parga,if you don’t like mountain roads.The monasteries are an amazing site and a must if your interested in a bit of culture and not just lying on.....  more
    Day excursion from parga,fairly hairy bus ride from parga,if you don’t like mountain roads.The monasteries are an amazing site and a must if your interested in a bit of culture and not just lying on.....  more »
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  • A must see sight if possible. As a couple of casual visitors, we visited the Grand Meteoron and the Holy Trinity. Two was enough for us, as they don’t take long to view the public areas. The view from the outside is the best bit. We did the afternoon visits and came back for sunset. You can park in the road pretty much all along the entrances to the monasteries with no issue as long as you can parallel park. Busy during the day. The sun set behind the mountains about ten or fifteen minutes before the posted local area sunset time in late July, for anyone wondering. All the view points were crowded so parking is again limited to the road. Arrive early if concerned, but we abandoned our car right by the view point a few minutes before and had no issue. The sunset period is genuinely magical. Don’t rush off when the sun goes down. Relocate to some of the other high points for the incredible colours.
  • Beautiful place, you can visit 6 of the monasteries that are open to the public and each costs €3 to enter per person, might be a bit challenging as there are about 140 or 300 steps at each but it’s about a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lots to the monasteries. They’re not too busy and it was nice to visit during the summer. Would love to see a sunset here!

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