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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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Olive Grove Rooms
Olive Grove Rooms, Kalabaka
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Olive Grove Rooms is set in Kastraki Village, 1.2 mi from Kalabaka and 1640 feet from Meteora. Theopetra Cave is 2.4 mi from the property. more...
 Hotel Tsikeli - Adults Only
Hotel Tsikeli - Adults Only, Kalabaka
Just 328 feet from Kastraki’s center, Hotel Tsikeli - Adults Only offers rooms with brilliant views, a rich breakfast and a garden café with free Wi-Fi and Meteora views. 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...
 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 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...
 Sofia Rooms
Sofia Rooms, Kalabaka
Located in the town of Kalabaka, Sofia Rooms offers self catering accommodations with a private balcony overlooking the complex’s lush flower garden. 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...
 Divani Meteora Hotel
Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalabaka
Sitting at the base of the Meteora rocks, the Divani Meteora features a spacious outdoor pool and spacious rooms with oak-wood furnishings, most with view to Meteora rocks. 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...
 Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
Amalia Hotel Kalambaka, Kalabaka
The 4-star Amalia Hotel Kalambaka features an Olympic-size swimming pool and a furnished sun terrace surrounded by lush gardens. more...
 Alsos House
Alsos House, Kalabaka
Located in the old town of Kalampaka, Alsos House provides a relaxed and friendly base with breathtaking views of Meteora, steps from the local hiking trail. more...




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