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4.5 out of 5
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The Meteora monasteries are perched upon the summits of precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios river. The monastic history of Meteora goes back to the 11th century AD, when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks. The first monasteries were built in the 14th century AD, but it was not until the 16th century AD that most of monasteries were constructed along with the renovations made to the older ones. It is believed that 24 monasteries were inhabited. Today only four are occupied, these are Megalo Meteoro, Moni Varlaam, Moni Agias Triadas and Moni Agiou Stefanou. The site was inscribed to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1988.
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    Baxter Jackson
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    5 Oct 25, 2013

    If they filmed a movie there that I've seen, I'm all over it. Being the inveterate fan of 007, a.k.a, Bond, James Bond, I knew that I could never forgive myself if I traveled to Greece and didn't visit these stunning monasteries majestically and precariously perched high on the sandstone pillars that overlook the Plain of Thessaly. And for fans of Ian Fleming, the Bond movie filmed here was 1981's 'For Your Eyes Only.'

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    Zora O'Neill
    4 Oct 23, 2013

    Bizarrely, what I remember most about this village with clifftop monasteries is that it's a big honeymoon destination--our hotel was outfitted with heart-shaped everything, from rugs to pillows. But the monasteries themselves, perched on these pillars of stone, are really impressive, and the terrain in the area is very dramatic otherwise as well. I did some nice day hikes in the area.

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    Wolf Wigo
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This place is amazing. Most people don't have time to get to Meteora when visiting Greece but if you have an extra day to spare it is well worth the drive. It is a lifetime memory!

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    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Worth Seeing!
    Rent a car in a suburb of Athens so you dont have to drive in athens.
    Or take a train to Lamia and then rent a car so it will be easy for you,
    If you need some rental reccomendations let me know.

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    Sharon F
    4 Nov 14, 2013

    A cluster of monasteries that were built into and atop large rock formations. They are still inhabited by Greek Othodox monks and nuns and are several centuries old. A place that will fascinate for those interested in religion, history, architecture and design.

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    Joachim K
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    it's just amazing, to see where these monasteries are actually built. it's also a great place, to visit the orthodo priests of greece and get to know a little about there daily life if your lucky enough, to have one of them as a guide.

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    Hannu Kokko
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Meteora is located quite far north and inland. We traveled there from Lefkas a few years ago when the new roads and bridges were not in place - took day and a half to get there. The views both from the valley floor and from the mountain roads are excellent. This is a rare place and a wonderful for photography. You might get a better views by coming in from the east side of the town across "back" road and stopping where you can - that's what we did. Definitely worth to stop and try to get valley views even though some of the rocks to climb were a bit precarious. The opening valley towards west with the monasteries hunched into mountain tops and sides is quite a sight to see.

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    Francis Tapon
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    It's a long trip from Athens, but next to Kalambaka is a string of monasteries that seem surreal. They are perched in impossible locations on massive granite columns. There are six monasteries: St. Nicolas of Anapavsa, Roussanou, Varlaam, Holy Trinity, Stefanos, and the grandest of all, Transformation (or Metamorphosis). It is Yosemite with monasteries. Next to Kalambaka is a string of monasteries that seem surreal. They are perched in impossible locations on massive granite columns. There are six monasteries: St. Nicolas of Anapavsa, Roussanou, Varlaam, Holy Trinity, Stefanos, and the grandest of all, Transformation (or Metamorphosis). It is Yosemite with monasteries.

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    Tigalina
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    5 Apr 20, 2013
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