Saturday, June 10, 2017

Meteora - Part 1 - Landscape

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Meteora (literally "suspended in air") is a large group of monasteries perched on sandstone pinnacles near Kalambaka. Monks occupied caves here as early as the 11th century, but the earliest monasteries date to the late 14th century. Building these amazing structures must have been quite a feat. Today the six remaining active monasteries are mostly accessible by road, although several require footpaths and stairs to get to from the road.

The spires of Meteora overlook the streets of Kalambaka.
This was the view from our hotel room. St. Stephan's is atop the pinnacle at the far right.
A telephoto shot brings the monastery into better view.
Meteora -- St. Stephan's monastery is barely visible on the left pinnacle.
Meteora -- Rousanou (bottom) and Holy Trinity (top) monasteries are visible at the far left.
Looking back at Kalambaka from St. Stephan's monastery.
A sandstone cliff full of caves.
If you look carefully, you can see two rock climbers (blue and pink) near the set of three caves about half-way up this sandstone pinnacle.
A closer look at the rock climbers shows that they are using ropes, but appear to be climbing in sandals!
Lon and the imposing Meteora landscape.

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