The Six  Monasteries open to the public today

Perched on 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.

The Monastery of Megalo Meteoro - is the largest of the monasteries.

It 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 your visit.

The Monastery 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 there.
Meteora Varlaam
The Monastery 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.
Meteora Rousanou.jpg
The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas, built deuring the 16th c. AD, is a small church,
decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas, in 1527.

It is the first monastery that one meets 200m from the end of Kastraki village, on the way to the monasteries.

Meteora Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas
The Monastery 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 abandoned.
Nuns took it over and reconstructed it. The nunnery contains an important relic: the head of Agios Charalambos,
whose powers include warding off illness.
Agiou Stefanou Meteora
The Monastery 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.

Made famous by James Bond - “For your eyes only”, this is perhaps the most dramatically positioned Meteora monastery.

It is perched atop a slender pinnacle accessible only by 140 steep steps.

Meteora AgiaTriada