Traveling across the Plain of Thessaly, we will find the monasteries of
Meteora. These monasteries not only give us a glimpse into the ancient
monastic life of the Orthodox Church, but also have one of the most
breathtaking locations in Greece. Over millions of years the wind has
carved out great sandstone columns that overlook the plain and, in
around the 11th century AD, people began to gather here to seek a
spiritual life. They built their monasteries on the tops of these
columns, both for safety and for the isolation they provided. In the
past the monasteries were often only accessible by a rope ladder, which
the monks could draw up if they were threatened and this way they were
protected from the Turkish invaders that were slowly taking over the
Byzantine Empire. We will visit the Monastery of Agios Stefanos (or
another), perched on a towering pinnacle of rock; thankfully it is the
easiest of the monasteries to reach, being accessible from a small
bridge. It is known for its beautiful Katholikon (Cathedral) dedicated
to St. Charalambos and contains his relics, however this is only open to
the public on the two days of the year when the monastery has feasts to
1) With the bus X93 (price €5,5 a person) to bus station K.T.E.L. LIOSION for more information click here,
then take the intercity bus to KALABAKA-METEORA (price €29,00 a person) for more information click here.
2) With the metro (price €9,00 a person) to train station LARISIS (ATHENS) for more information click here,
then take the train to KALABAKA, METEORA (price €36,00 a person) for more information click here.
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