Τρίτη, 13 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

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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. <a href="/travel/deals/la-trb-offbeat-remote-monasteries-metora-greece-20110602,0,7207593.photogallery"><span style="color: #2262CC;">More photos...</span></a>


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. 
The multilevel St. Nikolas Monastery is one of two unoccupied monasteries at Metéora.

St. Nikolas Monastery

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The multilevel St. Nikolas Monastery is one of two unoccupied monasteries at Metéora.

This monastery was first occupied by the monk Varlaám and continues to house a religious community.

Varlaám Monastery

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This monastery was first occupied by the monk Varlaám and continues to house a religious community.
Built on ruins of older structures, this monastery rose in the 16th century.

Roussanou Monastery

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Built on ruins of older structures, this monastery rose in the 16th century.
St. Stephen Monastery houses a museum with artifacts, including manuscripts, silverware and post-Byzantine icons.

St. Stephen Monastery

( Graeme Churchard )
St. Stephen Monastery houses a museum with artifacts, including manuscripts, silverware and post-Byzantine icons.
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

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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.
The skulls of deceased monks in an ossuary, as seen through a locked door.

Great Metéoron Monastery

( Milos Bicanski / Getty Images )
The skulls of deceased monks in an ossuary, as seen through a locked door.






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