views of Agias Varvaras Rousanou monastery and other more distant
In the centre the village of Kastraki is just visible. The pinnacle
centre-left is popular with climbers.
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of the most outstanding sights in Greece has to be the cluster of monasteries perched
on geologically peculiar rock pinnacles on the Greek mainland northwest of the capital city, Athens.
Built around the 14th
century as a defensive measure, they are easy to visit from Athens via asphalt
roads and a bit of a climb in some cases. You have to pay to
enter each monastery (extra for photos sometimes) and may well
find groups of tourists clattering and chattering around the
more popular ones such as Megalou Meteorou (Grand Meteora).
Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa monastery lower centre with Grand Meteora barely visible above it.
of the monasteries house good frescoes and great views, but
wealthy Grand Meteora offers a lot more than that - a refectory
full of ancient art and monk's culinary equipment, a mini-museum
of traditional costumes, a pile of skulls and the best, bloodiest
frescoes of them all.
If you want to see Meteora in a hurry, one night in Kastraki
town and hiring a vehicle will do it; or hiking is a good option
if you are very fit or have lots of time.
Agias Triados monastery, James Bond's target in a 007 movie long, long ago.
The view from Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa to Kastraki village.
Agias Varvaras Rousanou monastery seen from Grand Meteora. Next, more Meteora Pictures.
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