A visit to Meteora

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and to the Greek.

Romans 1: 16,17

The word Meteora comes from meteor. The mixture of sandstones and conglomerate shaped by weather make these bald headed lofty ones an awesome site.

Here are a few of them soaking wet after a night of rain as we looked up at them from our campsite.

Hermit monks in 9 th century AD looked at their fissures and hollows as a place to live away from the world. Then later in 11th century monks occupied the caverns. Monasteries were only built in 14th century as Greece was being attacked by Turkey.

Let’s walk into one that has easy access and has been restored after a lot of damage during World War 2.
Looking out across at two other monasteries all with beautiful religious paintings. Of the 24 monasteries, only six ( 4 for men 2 for women) are still functioning, with each housing fewer than 10 individuals.

There are many flights of steps leading to them. These steps have only existed since the 1920’s before then the monks used removable ladders or windlass.
Notice the big hook.
Monks would be in a net and pulled up.
This is the great height. It makes me dizzy.
An example of the stairs we now use.
Looking down from one of the monasteries at a vegetable garden. Notice the fissure in the rock face.
With a bit of imagination and with so many different shaped fissures, you can make believe monsters are looking at you.

The surrounding mountains are covered with spring time flowers . Meteora lies at the foot of the Chasia mountain range , which forms the natural boundary between Thessaly and Macedonia.

Meteora Greece.

Thank you for looking at this amazing place with us today. ” Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.” Novalis

Sandy 🙂

6 thoughts on “A visit to Meteora

  1. Amazing and truly remarkable on what they built atop the mountains. Makes me dizzy looking at too, lol, I cannot imagine in person! I can’t see me being hoisted up by the hook to the top either, goodness. I love your distant landscape shot with the stairs to the side composition, would be lovely to print. 🙂


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