Remote monasteries of Metéora, Greece( Gene Minick )
The six monasteries of Metéora are perched on rock pinnacles (in Greek, "Metéora" means "suspended in the air"), some built as high as 1,800 feet. The monasteries date as far back as the 14th century, when monastic living was embraced by the surrounding region. Though six remain, 24 were originally built.
St. Nikolas Monastery( Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty Images )
The multilevel St. Nikolas Monastery is one of two unoccupied monasteries at Metéora.
Varlaám Monastery( Milos Bicanski / Getty Images )
This monastery was first occupied by the monk Varlaám and continues to house a religious community.
Roussanou Monastery( Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty Images )
Built on ruins of older structures, this monastery rose in the 16th century.
St. Stephen Monastery( Graeme Churchard )
St. Stephen Monastery houses a museum with artifacts, including manuscripts, silverware and post-Byzantine icons.
Great Metéoron Monastery( Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty Images )
Great Metéoron Monastery is perched on the highest pinnacle among those occupied and was the first monastery to be built at Metéora. Today, it houses a folklore museum.
Great Metéoron Monastery( Milos Bicanski / Getty Images )
The skulls of deceased monks in an ossuary, as seen through a locked door.