Meteora monasteries – the miracle of Greece.Few kilometers northwest of the town of Kalabaka, the impressive rocks of Meteora are rising from the plains of Thessaly been one of the most amazing places in Greece. Many centuries ago, on these gigantic rocks with the breathtaking landscape reaching heights of more than 600 meters, it was formed one of the most important monastic communities of Greece. The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air” and this phrase aptly describes these remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries. Meteora is a great place to experience , a spectacular landscape and byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks that house priceless artifacts and wall paintings. Today only six monasteries are active with a small number of monks or nuns who reside on Meteora. In 1988, the Meteora monasteries have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Meteora-Antichassia area is part of the Natura 2000 network hosting some rare species of birds and flowers.As you approach the town of Kalabaka, the nearest big town near Meteora , and the picturesque village of Kastraki you will see a complex of giant sandstone rock pillars that climb up into the sky. On top of them you will spot the famous Meteora monasteries.
The Great Meteoron, also known as the Holy Monastery of the Metamorfossis (Transfiguration of Christ), is a male monastery and is the oldest and largest of all the monasteries of Meteora. It is built on the greatest rock of the complex, the Platys Lithos or Playtlithos. It was founded little before the mid-14th century (around 1340) by a scholar monk of Mount Athos, Saint Athanasios Meteorites. The monastery has a pleasant courtyard and there are many amazing frescoes to see. Probably one of the most interesting parts of the monastery…READ MORE
The Varlaam Monastery is named after the first monk who built the first church on the rock. This was in 1350 and Varlaan built three churches, a room for himself and a water tank. Unfortunately no other monks joined him, after his death the site was abandoned for 200 years. In 1517 two monks from Ioannina, Theophanes and Nektarios Apsarades , re-founded the monastery. Nowadays the monastery can be reached by a bridge and has a small museum, there are a lot of impressive 16th century paintings to see as well…READ MORE
The Rousanou Monastery was built in 1545 by Maximos and Ioasaph of Ioannina, it is unclear who the actual monastery is named after, but it is dedicated to St.Barbara. Like other monasteries at Meteora the Roussanou monastery was looted during the Second World War. The monastery is reached by a bridge that has some dramatic drops. Nowadays the Monastery is run by nuns. The monastery is located on the way from Kastraki to Meteora between St. Nicholas Anapafsas and Varlaam monastery…READ MORE
St. Nicholas Anapafsas monastery was founded in the 14th century and nobody is quite sure who the monastery is named after. This Monastery is most famous for its frescoes by the famous Cretan artist Theophanes Strelitzas in 1527. Some of these frescoes include the passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary praying. The monastery fell into disrepair and was completely abandoned for 60 years from 1900 to the 1960’s when the Greek government repaired the monastery…READ MORE
The 14th century St. Stephen monastery is the closest monastery in Meteora to the main town of Kalabaka, and so the easiest to visit. St. Stephen monastery was founded by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene, who is thought to be a son of the Serb ruler Nicephorus II of Epirus, in 1400. The Katholikon at the monastery is dedicated to St. Charalambos who’s head it contains, as it is believed to prevent illnesses. Much of the monastery was destroyed during World War Two and the Greek civil war that followed. The monastery is run by Nuns…READ MORE
You may recognise the monastery of Holy Trinity as it was used in the James Bond movie ‘For your eyes only’ Roger Moore scales the cliff face. Out of all the monasteries of Meteora Holy Trinity has the most dramatic location, the rock face is a sheer drop and the rock itself is a lot more slender. The monastery was built in 1458 and had many treasures, but most of these were looted by the Germans during the Second World War, most of the frescoes are from the 18th century…READ MORE
Great Tour The tour was well timed with a very experienced and knowledgeable guide who was happy to answer any questions. The... read moreThe tour was well timed with a very experienced and knowledgeable guide who was happy to answer any questions. The whole team was helpful and jovial as the tour progressed. read less
AMAZING! THE BEST! A+++ Loved this tour! The tour guide was fantastic! He was so funny and had so much knowledge and told us... read moreLoved this tour! The tour guide was fantastic! He was so funny and had so much knowledge and told us some good stories! read less
Fabulous!! Train left on time from Athens. Met at station by our guide for first day Cristina who took us to... read moreTrain left on time from Athens. Met at station by our guide for first day Cristina who took us to the veey nice hotel. Sunset tour. Visited 2 monestaries. Lots of stairs but well worth the climb. Spectacular views and a very interesting 4 hour trip. Especially lucky as there were only 3 of us on the tour. After breakfast met punctually by Dimitri(our guide for hiking) and Cristina as she speaks Spanish. Wonderful hiking with very knowledgable Dimitri. Highly reccomend this trip read less
Meteora 2 day rail trip from Athens I found this trip a wonderful experience.
The guides and drivers were exceptional
The office staff very helpfull
Hiking tour experience to be remembered! If you want an excellent and informative tour of the Meteora, then Chris “the teacher” is the man for the... read moreIf you want an excellent and informative tour of the Meteora, then Chris “the teacher” is the man for the job. We had a wonderful hiking tour with lots of history and funny stories to remember. read less
this was amazing I was very pleased with this trip, it was worth every penny. the train was a little long but the... read moreI was very pleased with this trip, it was worth every penny. the train was a little long but the views were great to see. train was comfortable and teas and coffee stand was perfect. the arrival was greeted by the tour guide. the meteora was so peaceful and the views were unbelievable. the monastery were great to visit. the churches were something i had never seen before, it was a brilliant day and the weather was like spring. read less
Great place , great experience , great company ! Certainly one of the best experiences in my life. The team of Meteora Thrones was extremely professional. Our guide Fotini... read moreCertainly one of the best experiences in my life. The team of Meteora Thrones was extremely professional. Our guide Fotini was super knowledgeable and shared a lot of intricate details during the tour to Meteora and answered all our questions so patiently, she even took pictures of us. She made my trip entertaining and more magical than it already was. Also, a big thank you to our driver Socrates for the great driving skills through all those narrow roads. Highly recommended 🙂 read less
I can highly recommend Great guides, very knowledgable and helpful. They answered all our questions and was enthusiastic. I can highly recommend this tour.
An excellent tour company! I booked the day trip from Athens and Maria was extremely helpful throughout the booking process,... read moreAn excellent tour company! I booked the day trip from Athens and Maria was extremely helpful throughout the booking process, very quick to reply to my questions and she is lovely and friendly to deal with.
Thanks to a mistake I made, I discovered how Meteora Thrones really are superb when it comes to customer service. The tour and train tickets were emailed to me a few days before the tour, as planned, and somehow I deleted the email and only realised this at about 10pm the night before the tour. I was panicking! I emailed Meteora Thrones - this was almost 10pm - and only one minute later, they replied, sending me the tickets again. This was very impressive!
The tour itself was very good, with an excellent guide and driver, and we visited three spectacular monasteries and stopped at several other places as well. I was with someone who is vision impaired, and both the driver and guide were very helpful when we needed assistance. If you're thinking of visiting Meteora, then Meteroa Thrones is the best option by far. read less
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42200 , Meteora - Kalabaka , Greece