Greece is known for its popular tourist destinations. The Plain of Thessaly in the mainland of Greece, one can find groups of vertical rock formation up to 300-meters high. The stone formation is weathered by erosions. There are several monasteries perched on these rocks, which are named as Meteora Monastiria. These monasteries are accessible by winches and ladders. The monasteries have facility of modern roads, flight of steps, but one should not forget the place stands for peace and meditation.
The Meteora Monasteries dated back from 1356. There were around 24-monasteries, but then it decline in the 16th century and then only 6-monasteries were occupied. The best way to explore this place is by hiking on foot. The Meteora is titled as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is a list of ‘Top Meteora Monasteries’.
- Monastery of Varlaam
It is located on top of 373-meter on a cliff and can be reached by climbing 195-steps. The Varlaam is the second biggest monastery. It was founded in 1517, on old hermitage. One can find 16th century fresco, museum and old refectory.
- Monastery of Holy Trinity
This monastery can be reached by climbing 140-steps, the place was featured in a James Bond movie. It was founded in 1438, the main church dates back from 1798. One can grab a glimpse of a magnificent view over the Plain of Thessaly. The open space behind the church will give a picturesque view.
- Monastery of Saint Nicholas
This Monastery is located one-kilometre from the village of Kastraki. It can be approached from a steep hill and then steps. It was founded in year 1368 and then was enlarged in the year 1628. The place is much loved for fresco, which is painted by Cretan artist Theophanes in the year 1527.
- Monastery of Rousanou
This Monastery stands proudly on a slender pinnacle of rock. It is dedicated to ‘Transfiguration’, which is honoured to Saint Barbara and was probably built in the year 1288 and was renovated in the year 1545.
- Great Meteoron Monastery
It is biggest and one of the most visited monastery with fine remarkable landscape. It was founded by Athanasios in 1356, and then was enlarged in the second half of the 14th century by his disciples and successor, the son of Serbian King. The church holds the tombs of Athanasios and Loasaph which are frescoed.
The museum beside the monastery holds religious icons, books and highlights of Greece struggle for their freedom from the Turks. The place is easily accessible by car, it does not get crowded in peak season.