Women must wear skirts below the knees though in some monasteries these are provided for women in shorts or slacks. Men's arms must be covered and they must wear long pants.
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are deemed to be unacceptably dressed (including guys wearing shorts).
Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited, for men and women. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are deemed to be unacceptably dressed.
According to a legend, during Turkish domination one day an aga was cutting woods near the base of the rock where St.George's monastery was lied and he was injured with the axe, then his muslim wife took off her veil to take care the wound and she prayed to the Saint George to make well her husband.The Saint heard her prayer and healed the man and then the woman dedicated her veil to St.George.Since then every year at the day of celebration of the name of St.George the young people of the area climb the rock and hung colorful bandannas, the ones of last year they give them to the people as an amulet.
Until the 20th century women weren't allowed in the monasteries. Today, they're admitted, if modestly dressed.
Shorts, mini-skirts and trousers are forbidden, but the monks, and nuns, provide floor-lenght skirts for those inappropriately dressed.
As for men, they should wear long trousers.
As far as visiting monastries is concerned, please remember the following:
- you are not allowed to take any pictures inside buildings,
- you are not allowed to wear shorts and/or sleeveless shirts (T-shirts are ok),
- women must wear long skirts but don't worry, you can borrow one (free) in a monastry;
You don't need you mobile phone there. Turn it off or leave it in the car. Don't disturb that silence. If it's something urgent, you have public phones in front of some of the monasteries. In the shops in front of the monasteries you can also buy phone-cards.
Like you can all imagine, there's not a lot of space on the meteora. When a monk died, they burried himself in the ground the traditionnal way and three years later (the time that the soul ressucitated) the dig out the tomb and put the skulls inside a room, gently called Ossuary.
This picture was taken inside the Great Meteora
When entering Monasteries you must know they are considered sacred . And you have to follow some rules :
Shorts are not allowed .
Woman in sleeveless shirts or pants can not enter .
You can get a skirt on you way in and dress it over your pants or shorts . They are big so one size "fits " all.
Clothing/Gear: Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Skirts and shawls are available at the entrance for those who are deemed to be unacceptably dressed (including guys wearing shorts ).
When visiting monasteries, you are required to dress appropriately. Mini skirts, sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited.
So, the women must wear skirt. Men should not forget long pants. The skirt must be below knees, the sleeves can be short, but they must cover shoulders. You’d better have your own clothes, otherwise you’ll be dressed in funny skirts and shawls that lash at the entrance of monasteries.
Also be DISCRETE and do not make photos behind of someone’s back.
The small town of Kalambaka, at the plain of Thessaly, is an important stop on the way to Meteora. It is built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where Pinios River flows down from the Pindus range. In Kalambaka one should not miss the cathedral church of the Dormition of the Virgin built on a low hill. The way from Trikala to Kalambaka is through small side-roads lead to many villages and old monasteries. Best known among these is Vytouma Monastery, on a picturesque landscape near Peristera village at the foot of Mt. Koziakas.