Monastery of Great Meteoron

Kalabaka, Greece

The Monastery of Great Meteoron is the largest of the monasteries located at Meteora, though in 2015 there were only 3 monks in residence.

The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded in the mid-14th century by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite who was the first founder of the monastery and the systematic organizer. For this reason, the foundation of this monastery is considered to be a turning point, or even better, the beginning of the organized monastisicm in Holy Meteora. Hosios Athanasios was born around 1302 in the medieval town of New Patras, today’s Hypati.

The Katholikon (main church), consecrated in honour of the Transfiguration of Jesus was erected in the middle of the 14th century and 1387/88 and decorated in 1483 and 1552. The central courtyard is embellished with beautiful 16th century frescoes. Take time to gaze at the artistic details of some of the best samples of Greek Byzantine art and then rush to the museum, where historical codices and religious icons of high value are on display. Once you’ve reached the summit, a rewarding view awaits you and the monastery calls for exploration.

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Meteora, Kalabaka, Greece
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Founded: c. 1350
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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www.visitmeteora.travel

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4.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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paulo mpaf (14 months ago)
The calm, the spirituality in this place is amazing. Just being there for a short while gave me some peace of mins much deserved. Hope to revisit it soon
SoulR Raven (15 months ago)
A must see place, unique in the world, that is worth visit in a lifetime, full of history and great views.
Barbara Belize (16 months ago)
There is no other place to compare with Meteora. We felt an indescribable almost supernatural vibe. A must see! Awesome views, no other lifestyle compares to that of the the Monks living here.
Gheorghe Leleshteanu (2 years ago)
Amazing landscape...
Ricart Ra (2 years ago)
Amazing place!
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