Sunday, April 8, 2018

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

November 2010 - Meteora Greece



The Meteora Μετέωρα, pronounced [meˈteora]) is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. It is located near the town of Kalambaka at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains.









Why am I wearing a skirt?



This is why!



The monasteries do provide sarongs.







Nowadays, getting up is a lot simpler due to steps being carved into the rock during the 1920s. Of the 24 monasteries, only 6 (five male, one female) are still functioning, with each housing fewer than 10 individuals.





As early as the 11th century, monks occupied the caverns of Meteora. 




However, monasteries were not built until the 14th century, when the monks sought somewhere to hide in the face of an increasing number of Turkish attacks on Greece. At this time, access to the top was via removable ladders or windlass.



 



7 comments:

  1. Is there a lift, or worst case, a donkey?

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    1. No, there isn't, Andrew. But the tour buses do a good job of getting you pretty close.

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  2. I always love visiting your blog.

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  3. I would love to visit that site someday.

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  4. Wow! What an incredible place!

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