Located in the prefecture of Thessaly in Central Greece, Meteora (literally meaning "suspended in the air") is an impressive complex of huge dark stone pillars hosting a large complex of byzantine monasteries. Meteora is inarguably one of the most extraordinary sights of Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989.
According to scientists, the rocks of Meteora were formed 60 million years ago due to earthquakes and weathering while the famous hilltop monasteries were built during Byzantine times by hermit monks who were seeking to be closer to God in harmony and peace. When the Turks conquered Greece, many monks escaped persecution by climbing these mountains to safety.
Originally there were 24 monasteries but nowadays only the following 6 remain operative with a handful of monks each: The highest, largest and oldest Great Meteoron Monastery, the second biggest Varlaam Monastery, the dramatically situated Holy Trinity Monastery, the Monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapausas with its renowned frescoes, the 16th-century Roussanou Monastery, named after the first probable hermit who settled on the rock and finally the most accessible monastery of Saint Stephen’s. Meteora has been attracting pilgrims and travellers from all over the world and it is one of the popular attractions of Greece all around the year.
Visitors to Meteora can explore the impressive monasteries, soak up the unparalleled views of the area and enjoy a delicious Greek meal in one of the welcoming tavernas in the town of Kalampaka, just beyond Meteora. Visit Meteora from Corfu with our Private Tour to Meteora from Corfu or explore all our Corfu Private Tours or Corfu Shore Excursions for more ideas about Things to Do while in Corfu.
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