Day Seventeen Meteora Greece

November 28, 2012  •  1 Comment

Challenged with the overcast foggy weather we ventured on to Meteora.  At times the sky opened up to reveal bright fall colours in this most unique monastic setting.  High atop rock pinnacles where several monasteries that back in the day only had access by a net the would be lowered and raised.  Here you can see 4 separate monasteries.

In central Greece and particularly in the North Western part of Thessaly, between North East of Hasia and West of Pindos, where the plain of Thessaly ends, gigantic rocks raise, that create a spectacle which might be unique worldwide... especially with the monumental building built upon them.

This is the Roussanou Monastery.

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Here is a closer view of the Roussanou monastery.

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The slithering road led from one spectacular sight to another.

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This cliff hanging Varlaam monastery as you will see below this photo was beautifully maintained and stocked.

The Holy Monastery of Varlaam (closest) is the second in notoriety to the Great Meteoro (Largest monastery). The Varlaam church, honoured to the three Bishops, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious esonarthex (lite) surrounted by dome as well. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548

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The Varlaam chapel

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A 500 hundred year old wine vat the size of an SUV.

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Agios Nikolaos Monastery

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View of Meteora with the Agias Varvaras Rousanou monastery on top. The people in black make the shot extra interesting...


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Star(non-registered)
Thank you so much for sharing your journeys...and your incredible photos. I may never make it to see these places in person, but through your words and visuals, I can enjoy vicariously! Blessings and may you keep on exploring and sharing with us all.
Gratefully,
*Star*
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