The Holy Monastery of Varlaam
As the second biggest Monastery of Meteora, a monk named Varlaam in the mid-14th century discovered the Holy Varlaam, located close to the Great Meteoro Monastery. When the monk Varlaam died, other monks abandoned the place, but it was renovated in 1541. This well-admired monastery is now open to all visitors boasting excellent religious painted icons.
This 130,000-year-old site, 5 kilometers away from Meteora, is known as the most outstanding archaeological spots in Greece, housing the prehistoric findings from multiple historical periods, including the oldest known human-made structure, burials, animal remains, and stone tools. Theopetra Cave hosts a 5-square meter chamber situated on the northeastern slope of a limestone hill. Put the cave on top of your things-to-do list in Meteora due to its exquisite natural features.
Monastery of St. Stephen
In the early 12th century, the holy monk Jeremy built Agios Stephen’s monastery, easily accessed. It hosts two cathedrals: the chapel built in the 16th century that was severely damaged during the Second World War and the Greek Civil War; and the 18th-century main cathedral dedicated to Saint Charalambos, including his religious relics. Don’t ever miss out on the spectacular views of the Thessaly valley, the Pinios River, and the Pindos Mountains while standing on top of the monastery.
Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas
The first place you’ll see when entering the Meteora area is the Holy Saint Nicholas Monastery, situated on the 80 meters up a rock surrounded by several ruined monasteries of Saint John Prodromos, the Pantocrator, and the chapel of Panagia Doupiani. It was founded in the 14th century and was totally renovated in 1510. Holy Saint Nicholas Monastery was closed for 15 years and was only open in summer for tourists. However, it started to operate again in 1997. Take a look around and soothe your eyes with the 14th-century paintings.
Monastery of Rousanou
Monks first established the Holy Monastery of Roussanou in the 14th century, is now the home to more than 15 sister nuns. Located between the monasteries of St. Nicholaos Anapafsas and Varlaam, it suffered severe damages during World War II. The walls were decorated with stunning paintings in 1560 by the command of the abbot of the Monastery. Take a walk up the cement steps or through two small concrete bridges constructed in 1930 to reach the Monastery.
The Great Meteoron Monastery
The Great Meteoro Monastery, also known as “Megalo Meteoron,” was established in the middle of the 14th century by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite. The oldest and largest monastery located in Meteora, Greece, the monastery was built above the “Platis lithos,” most giant rock. It was one of the most inaccessible monasteries where people could only access wooden ladders, ropes, and nets. But today, visitors need to take 146 stairs up to find the sanctuary. Inside the site, you’ll find three chapels of John the Baptist, St Constantine, and St Helens.
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