Meteora is actually a religious place with amazing Byzantine monasteries. This region is composed of huge rocks on top of which monasteries have been constructed, overlooking a beautiful valley below. Although in the past there were hundreds of monasteries and churches in Meteora, today only 6 of them survive. Except from the Monastery of Saint Stephen, which is the easiest to access, all the other 5 monasteries in Meteora are accessed through a long hike up against the rock. The Monastery of Grand Meteoron is the most popular sightseeing in Meteora, while the most difficult to go is the Monastery of Holy Trinity.
In this section, you can see the best Meteora Sightseeing but also things to do by location. Do not miss to also read about things to do.
You can also view all things to do in Meteora by category: villages, museums, and churches.
The largest of the monasteries on the highest spot of Meteora, the Monastery of Grand (or Megalo) Meteoron was founded around 1340 by monk Athanasios.
Constructed in the 15th century, this is the only female monastery that works in Meteora. During the Second World War, it was severely destroyed by German troops.
Built in the 15th century by two monks, it needs to climb up 195 steps to go to this monastery. This is the second largest monastery of Meteora.
The Monastery of Agia Triada dates from the 12th century by monks seeking refuge there from the Ottomans. In this monastery, scenes from the Hollywood movie James Bond: For your eyes only were shot.
Founded in the 16th century, the Monastery of Agia Varvara Roussanou is built on a rock lower than the other monasteries of Meteora. It was founded around 1545 by Maximos and Ioasaph of Ioannina.
Constructed in the 16th century with the initiative of the Abbot of Larisa, this monastery can be seen on the way to Grand Meteoron Monastery. The main church has nice frescoes made by the famous Cretan painter Theofanis o Kris.
Location: Right beneath Meteora
Description: Nice and calm, Kalambaka is a modern town that spreads in the valley beneath Meteora. It has ample streets, nice squares with fountains and gives great view to Meteora from every part of the town.
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