Six Monasteries open to the public today
the high rocks are accessible by staircases cut into the
rocks. They were created to serve monks and nuns
following the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church.
The architecture of these buildings is Athonite (meaning,
following the monasteries in Mount Athos).
Only the nunnery of Agiou Stephanou can be reached without
having to climb steps. All the others have steps.
of Megalo Meteoro - is the
largest of the monasteries.
was erected in the mid-14th c, AD and was
restored in 1483 and 1552. The building serves as
a museum for tourists.
The Katholikon or main church is consecrated in
honour of the Transfiguration of Jesus.
The most famous and
important of the Meteora monasteries, it has a
large church topped by a 12-sided dome and
decorated with elaborate frescoes. We believe the
monastery / museum to be a must of
of Varlaam is the 2nd
largest monastery in the Meteora complex, built
in 1541. |
The church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the
Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and
choirs), with spacious esonarthex (lite),
surrounded by a dome. It was decorated in 1548,
and the esonarthex was decorated in 1566.
The old refectory is used as a museum while north
of the church is the parekleision of the
Three Bishops, built in 1627 and decorated in
1637. The monastery features a pleasant garden
and a friendly monk who often chats with visitors
of Rousanou or Agias Varvaras
was founded in the middle of 16th century AD and
decorated in 1560.
Today the monastery operates with 5 nuns as a
convent. It is the smallest of the monasteries.
of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas, built
deuring the 16th c. AD, is a small church,
decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis
Strelitzas, in 1527.
the first monastery that one meets 200m from the
end of Kastraki village, on the way to the
of Agiou Stephanou is a small church
built in the 16th c. and was decorated in 1545.
This monastery rests on the plain rather than on
a cliff and thus it is the most accessible one.
It was damaged severely by the Nazis during WWII
who believed it was harbouring insurgents and was
Nuns took it over and reconstructed it. The
nunnery contains an important relic: the head of
whose powers include warding off illness.
of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) is on top of the
cliffs was built in 1475 and was remodelled many
times in 1684, 1689, 1692, 1741.
famous by James Bond - For your eyes
only, this is perhaps the most dramatically
positioned Meteora monastery.
perched atop a slender pinnacle accessible only
by 140 steep steps.