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    Rocks & Monastery Spotting

    by mishgreek Written Mar 13, 2013

    This is a rocky place.lol! Kidding aside,Meteora is place where you can see those beautiful,tall,huge rocks where a monastery is build on top of it.Climbing up is fantastic though a little tiring because of those hundreds of steps.Not all the monasteries are open to the public,just some,most famous is GRAND METEORON MONASTERY.Women needs to wear a long skirt,but if you are not wrap-around-skirts are available in the entrance for free! You can inside the old things that they had used before,there is also a small museum inside featuring the uniforms of the soldiers then.

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    Monasteries on rocky outcrops!

    by crazyman2 Written Aug 8, 2012

    A good reply from the previous poster!

    Visit the monasteries at Meteora! They are amazing!

    Yes, they are being used for religious purposes still but you can visit some of them.

    I looked around two of them over 5 hours (including the drive betweeen those two and the climbing up and down) and I wished that I could have seen some of the others. I would have liked to stay overnight.

    The Hotel Meteora would have been my choice. There are lots of black & white photos of the monasteries and the people around them. My favourite was of the priest being placed in a net so that he could be winched up to the top of the rocky outcrop.

    Of course, you don't need to use the net ----there are lots of steps up to them. If you have walking problems, this may be a challenge.

    Would I return there again? Yes!

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    Icon Museum In Kalambaka

    by briantravelman Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    Most people traveling to Meteora stop off in Kalambaka before heading up to the monasteries. If you're interested in Eastern Orthodox religion, local art, and souveniers, I recommend stopping off at the Icon Musuem. Here you can view paintings of religious icons from the Easterm Orthodox Church. If you're lucky, you might even get to see a real artist working on one of these icons.
    The museum also contains one of the largest gift shops in Greece. You can buy Icons of all sizes, jewelry, pottery, pins, statues, post cards, just about any souvenier you can imagine. Be warned though, the prices there are ridiculously high, so you might not be able to buy much! The only thing I bought was a few post cards, everything else was just too damn expensive.
    To me, it wasn't anything special. The actual museum is really small, just a few paintings on the wall, and it can get really crowded in the museum and the store. There's also no guarantee that you'll get to see an artist at work. The only possitive thing is that the museum is free of charge. If you're interested in local art though, it's worth checking out.

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    The Monasteries

    by JessieLang Updated May 27, 2011

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    The big attractions of the Meteora area are the 14th Century monasteries built on top of the high rock cliffs. Originally there were 20 monasteries, but only 16 remain. They are still in use, although the St. Nikolas monastery only has one monk in residence. The monks used to be hauled up to the monasteries in a basket suspended by ropes, but they later put in stairs. (Now the monks have a cable car and don’t need to climb up, but tourists have to use the stairs.)

    The earliest hermits came here in about the 11th Century and lived in caves in the rocks. After the monasteries were built, monks would occasionally spend solitary time in cells in the caves. Scaffolding is still visible in some of the caves.

    The frescoes in St. Nikolas were painted by a disciple of El Greco. The Grand Meteora monastery is the oldest one, but it is hard to get to. The Holy Trinity monastery appeared in the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.

    I think all of the monasteries can be visited, although we only stopped at 2 of them. Our group visited the Varlaam monastery, but there were about 120 stairs up from the parking lot so I decided to enjoy the scenery from down below.

    I was able to go into the St. Stephen convent because it wasn’t nearly as difficult. Thirty sisters live there, from age 30 to 70s. They have a small museum on the premises, with 6th Century parchment manuscripts, silver book covers, a chair with mother of pearl inlay, ikons, etc. Lovely.

    NO PHOTOS IN THE MONASTERIES. Admission – 2 euro each.

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    WORLD HERITAGE - PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL

    by StefanosS Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The rocks and the monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of natural and cultural heritage and they form one of the most important locations of the cultural map of Greece.

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    Great Meteoron and Great barrel

    by JLBG Written Nov 23, 2008

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    This barrel is obviously very old. Instead of being iron-bound like modern barrels, it is hoped by logs that have been cut in crooked trees and have already the required shape. The same applied to the building of ships. Crooked trees were selected young and were watched for years before they reached the right size.

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    Great Meteoron, the hauling machine

    by JLBG Written Nov 23, 2008

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    In the old days, monks, visitors and supplying were hauled inside the monastery in a wicker basket. One or several monks hauled the rope by man’s strength. Later, the hauling was done by a petrol powered engine. The Great Meteoron has on of these engine on display. That does not look very safe but fortunately, visitors can now access by a pedestrian bridge (see previous photo)

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    Great Meteoron

    by JLBG Written Nov 23, 2008

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    The Great Meteoron Monastery (Megalo Meteoro), also known as Monastery of the Transfiguration, is the main monastery of the Meteora complex. It was founded by the monk Athanasius Koinovitis in the mid-fourteenth century.
    However the current structures were built by monks from Mount Athos in the 16th century.

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    Kastraki village

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    Kastraki is located at the west section of the Meteora region, amphitheatrically built in between the huge rocks and constitutes one of the municipal town districts. Its history is fading in the passing of time.

    At the eastern part high up, under the rocks you admire the simplicity of the picturesque quarter and further up the rock of Adrachti small but very impressive due to its shape and his erection of the ground.

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    Cathedral church of Saint Vissarion

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    The town’s Cathedral of Saint Vissarion is built to honour the local Saint, Agios Vissarios, who was the Bishop of Larissa and the founder of the Dousico’s monastery. The church’s religious paintings are made by agiografhos Ioannis Albanis.
    It’s a modern church. Its construction lasted 30 years from 1954 till 1984.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 42' 34.91" N 21º 37' 36.02" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Cathedral church of Saint Vissarion .

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    Agios Stefanos

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Agios Stefanos monastery is easily accessed through a road and was first built in the15th century and was rebuilt in the 16th century. The Katholikon of the monastery is dedicated to St. Haralambus and was built in the 19th century by the monk Ambrosios.

    Unfortunately I could watch it only from the distance. Good reason to come back!

    Working hours of St. Stephanos:
    WINTER 9.00-13.00 & 15.00-17.00
    SUMMER 9.00-13.00 & 15.20-18.00
    CLOSED Tuesday (W-S) Wednsday (W)
    Entrance fee 2€.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 41' 56.39" N 21º 37' 56.11" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kalambaka Agios Stefanos .

    Learn more kalampaka.com/en/meteora/monasteries_stefanos.

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    Agia Triada

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Agia Triada (Holy Tninity) was first built in 1362 and rebuilt and expanded in 1475. The brother priests Antonios and Nicolaos decorated its walls in 1741, but the wall paintings inside the carved rock were painted in 1682.
    It offers the most spectacular view of Kalambaka, Penios River, and the Pindos mountains beyond. It is also the least visited of the Meteora monasteries thanks to the number of steps a visitor has to climb.

    Unfortunately I could watch it only from the distance. Good reason to come back!

    WINTER 9.00-13.00 & 15.00-17.00
    SUMMER 9.00-13.00 & 15.20-17.00
    CLOSED Tuesday (W-S)
    Entrance fee 2€.

    Learn more kalampaka.com/en/meteora/monasteries_triada.

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    Katholikon in Roussanos

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    The Katholikon is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ but honored to St. Barbara. The church is little and elegant. Because of the peculiarity of the rock the sanctuary looks to the north instead of looking to the east according to custom. It is in the Athonite type.

    It belongs to the cruciform distyle type with a dome in the centre and two conches (for the chanters) on the right and on the left side. The dome is polygonal, it bears a single-lobed window on each side and it dominates due to its height. The narthex is covered by a vault and it is fully decorated with well maintained Byzantine frescoes.

    You may watch my 2 min 35 sec VIDEO-Clip Meteora Roussanou out of my VT-Tube or Greece Meteora Roussanou out of my YouTube with Greek Orthodox Church music.

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    Roussanou

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Roussanou Monastery was founded in 1545 by Joasaph and Maximos, two brothers who built it on the ruins of an even older church. It is possible that it was named after an old ascetic called Rousanos who had lived on the rock. According to another theory it was named after two Russian monks who built it. I like this theory best, ha-ha!

    The Roussanou monastery is dedicated to the “Transformation of the Christ” and also to St. Barbara. The church contains outstanding wall paintings, wood iconostasis, panel icons and icon stands.

    The monastery covers the entire terrace of a long-narrow rock and it is accessed by several steps and two bridges. The rock, on the top of which the monastery is built, is vertical, steep and narrow. Visitors are impressed when they see it from a distance.

    Working hours of Rousanou:
    WINTER 9.00-13.00 & 15.00-17.00
    SUMMER 9.00-13.00 & 15.00-17.45
    CLOSED Wednsday (W)
    Entrance fee 2€.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 43' 51.43" N 21º 39' 10.88" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Meteora - Roussanou .

    You may watch my 2 min 38 sec VIDEO-Clip Meteora Roussanou Part I out of my VT-Tube or Greece Meteora Rousanou Monastery Part I out of my YouTube with Greek Orthodox Church music.

    You may watch my 5 min 02 sec VIDEO-Clip Meteora Roussanou Slade-show out of my VT-Tube or Greece Meteora Rousanou Slide-show out of my YouTube with Greek Orthodox Church music.

    Learn more kalampaka.com/en/meteora/monasteries_rousanou.

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    Agios Nikolaos Anapafssas

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 9, 2008

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    Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas was built in the 16th Century by Dionysious, the Metropolitan of Larissa and named after an old Patron. The Katholikon is decorated in wall paintings by the renowned Cretan Iconographer Theophanis Bathas-Strelitzas.
    The rock, on the top of which the monastery is built, has a very limited surface. This fact affected the construction of the buildings of the monastery that could not extend. Therefore the only solution was to erect buildings in height. The monastery has three floors.

    Working hours of St. Nikolaos Anapafssas:
    WINTER Closed
    SUMMER 9.00-18.00
    Entrance fee 2€.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Kalambaka-Meteora on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 43' 51.91" N 21º 38' 51.72" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Meteora - Agios Nikolaos Anapafssas .

    Learn more kalampaka.com/en/meteora/monasteries_nikolaos.
    Click here to visit the Web Site of the Monastery.

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