Meteora, quite literally meaning “suspended in the air”, is the type of place you stare at in utter disbelief. A group of medieval monks discovered these dramatic rock formations nestled away in the Thessaly mountains, and bizarrely chose to build on them. Today, there are six active monasteries to visit – all unique, breath-taking, and steeped in religious history.
The sweeping views from these precipices are unforgettable. Read on to find out more about this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Monastery of Great Meteoron
Dating back to the mid-1300s, this is the oldest and largest monastery of them all. The monastery of Great Meteoron was built on the greatest rock in the area and includes three museums, as well as an art gallery and a library. The monastery features an ossuary with shelves full of the skulls of male monks who once resided here. Our tip is to visit the 10-hectare vineyard where there are four different types of wine produced by the monks. If you ask kindly, you will be able to taste the different varieties, and can even buy a bottle – or two.