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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Before eating lunch at the restaurant I showed yesterday in Kalampaka, Greece, we visited the Monasteries of Meteora. Built precipitously atop the immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the area, it is believed that these Eastern Orthodox monasteries date back to the 14th century. There were originally 24 monasteries, but only six remain. We visited two of them, but I was unable to climb all the steps it took to get up to the first one, so I just went halfway. The second one was actually a nunnery and I was able to go inside that one. Supplies are brought up to these buildings by a system of ropes attached to baskets and also by using small cable cars. The last video shows one of the cable cars taking supplies up.
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...beautiful, but too high up for me.
Wow, amazing views of the monastery. I would like to see the first one, it is high up there. Enjoy your day and week ahead!
I saw the ropes hanging from the windows in the first photo and wondered what they were for. the videos are amazing views of these incredible buildings so high up... I would never be able to go up there, can't do steps or heights and would not ride in the cable car either. this is as good a visit as being there
Impressionante estes mosteiros no alto dos rochedos, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.
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Better not sleep walk if you live there! I suppose they were built in such inaccessible locations so that the monks would focus on spiritual matters without having the distractions of the physical world.
What a beautiful place!
What an interesting and beautiful place.
All the best
WOW!!!!!!!!! Your first photo took my breath away! And I figured it was a monestery. Why do these hard to get to places always seem to have monasteries? I mean, is there some kind of spiritual reason to build them in places like this? I know they want peace and quiet, but geez!! And you walked HALF way up there??? How on earth did you manage that? Some of the buildings are made so seamlessly that they look like part of the cliffs. What an amazing post, it has made my day!
Beautiful sights and photos.
It makes one wonder how many people died during the construction of these places. They look like miracles to exist at all!
Wow, what amazing views, would love to visit the first one.
Simply amazing! The view in the first photo is unbelievable. I can't even begin to imagine climbing up there.
OH my word!!--so amazing. How in the world did they BUILD THESE PLACES??! I wouldn't make it one 16th of the way up to those, and it's so neat to see the pictures. You've sure been to some amazing places my friend!!!! What is YOUR FAVORITE of them all?
What everyone has already said...double! They are astonishing and beautiful, and I hope the monks (and nuns) got closer to heaven by living closer to heaven.
The monasteries are an astonishing sight Lois.. how they were built all those years ago is unimaginable! You took brilliant shots from your half way position, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have made it to the top either ☺ Am really enjoying your Greek trip 💙
I always wonder how Christianity survived under Ottoman rule in Greece for so long.
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Great photos and videos. You would have to have a good head for heights to ride the gondola :) How amazing that the monasteries date back to the 14th century.
The people were very clever back then! Way too high up for me, but it is amazing indeed.
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