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Meteora

Perched high atop spires of conglomerated Calcerous and sandstone rock, the monasteries of Meteora are one of the world's most spectacular sacred sites. Located in the Thessaly region of north central Greece and overlooking the valley of Pinios, the towering rocks of Meteora, meaning 'rocks in the air', have long evoked awe in human beings.

Paleolithic remains indicate settlements around the stones from between 100,000 to 40,000 BC, and hermits and ascetics have lived in the area since long before the Christian era. The arrival of Christianity began in the 8th century, organized monastic communities had developed by the 12th century, and by the mid 1500's twenty-four Greek Orthodox monasteries had been constructed upon the spires of stone.

The monasteries, 200-600 meters high (and some accessible only by baskets lowered by ropes and winches), became a center of scholarship and art until the mid 18th century when popular interest in monasticism declined. Most of these meteorisa monastiria ('hanging monasteries') were abandoned and today only six survive, of which four can be visited by way of bridges and rock-cut steps. Previously a remote area, the construction of a highway in the early 1960's made the monasteries accessible to pilgrims and tourists.

This influx of visitors, however, has discouraged new monks from joining the monasteries and compelled others to move to Mt. Athos in search of solitude and privacy.


 

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 Meteora Hotel at Kastraki
Meteora Hotel at Kastraki, Kalabaka
Set in the higher point of Kastraki, Meteora Hotel offers magnificent views of the rocks of Meteora. Guests enjoy a pool, an all-day café-bar and rooms with extra long beds and flat-screen TVs. more...
 Monastiri Guesthouse
Monastiri Guesthouse, Kalabaka
This monastery-style guest house is just 656 feet from Kalampaka center just behind the small picturesque train station. It offers rustic rooms with free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of Meteora. more...
 Hotel Doupiani House
Hotel Doupiani House, Kalabaka
Along with amazing views of the Meteora, Hotel Doupiani House features cozy and well-furnished rooms with free WiFi. The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas is just steps away. more...
 Hotel Kastraki
Hotel Kastraki, Kalabaka
Located in the traditional village of Kastraki, this 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodations opening to a balcony. A restaurant serving Greek cuisine and a bar are also featured on site. more...
 Hotel Meteoritis
Hotel Meteoritis, Kalabaka
Hotel Meteoritis is a newly built hotel, which combines breathtaking views of Pindus Mountains and Meteora with Greek hospitality. Free WiFi is available in all areas. more...
 Pyrgos Adrachti
Pyrgos Adrachti, Kalabaka
Set in one of the highest points of Kastraki village with fantastic views of the Pindos Mountains, Pyrgos Adrachti offers spacious rooms with large windows at the base of the Meteora. more...
 Epavlis Meteora Suites Hotel
Epavlis Meteora Suites Hotel, Kalabaka
Located at the foot of Meteora, Epavlis offers luxury accommodations with free Wi-Fi and stunning views of the Meteora Rocks and the town of Kalabaka. more...
 Hotel Kosta Famissi
Hotel Kosta Famissi, Kalabaka
Hotel Kosta Famissi is located in Kalambaka’s entrance, only 0.6 mi from Meteora and the monasteries. It offers classic rooms, most with stunning views of the rocks. more...
 Hotel Tsikeli
Hotel Tsikeli, Kalabaka
Just 328 feet from Kastraki’s center, Hotel Tsikeli offers rooms with brilliant views, a rich breakfast, free parking and a garden café with free Wi-Fi and Meteora views. more...
 Archontiko Mesohori Suites & Apartments
Archontiko Mesohori Suites & Apartments, Kalabaka
Located at the old square of Kastraki (Mesochori Square), Archontiko Mesohori offers romantic suites with large bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and views of Meteora rocks, the monasteries and mount more...
 Petrino Guesthouse
Petrino Guesthouse, Kalabaka
Housed in an 1845 authentic stone building, recently restored as a traditional guest house, Petrino Guest house offers modern accommodations with breathtaking views of Meteora. more...
 Dellas Boutique Hotel
Dellas Boutique Hotel, Kalabaka
Right at the foot of the Meteora Rocks, in Kastraki village, and just steps from the Monastery of Saint Nikolaos Anapafsas, Dellas Boutique Hotel offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi and free parking . more...
 Zozas Rooms
Zozas Rooms, Kalabaka
This family-run hotel features spacious rooms with private balcony overlooking the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Meteora rocks. 24-hour front desk service is provided. more...
 Luxury City Center Apartment
Luxury City Center Apartment, Kalabaka
Located in Kalampáka, 1.6 miles from Theopetra Cave, Luxury City Center Apartment has a living room with a flat-screen TV. Guests have access to free WiFi. more...
 Toti Boutique Rooms
Toti Boutique Rooms, Kalabaka
Toti Boutique Rooms enjoy a privileged location, in the heart of Kalambaka, a small modern town near Meteora. A Continental breakfast is served each morning. more...




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