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Discover 14th century monasteries in Metéora

June 17, 2011 - 2:26am
Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron

Those on a vacation to Greece will want to visit one of the most important monasteries in Eastern Orthodox religion - Metéora. It contains six separate monasteries that stand atop sandstone rock pillars in the Plain of Thessaly.

Metéora has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its genius design, representation of human values, illustration of human history, example of traditional land use, natural beauty and aesthetic importance. It contains the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Rousanou and St. Barbara, St. Nicholas Anapausas, St. Stephen and the Holy Trinity.

The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron is the largest and perhaps the most popular. The 14th-century structure is where the main museum is located, as well as the main church of Katholikon.

All of these structures are located atop high cliffs, giving tourists a phenomenal view of the Grecian countryside. They were built to house monks and nuns of the Greek Orthodox religion and were where they would learn and practice their faith.

Today, five of the monasteries are inhabited by men. The sixth, devoted to Rousanou and St. Barbara, is run by nuns.