Monastery of Great Meteoron
The towering rocks of Meteora are home to several Greek Orthodox monasteries. Because of serenity and isolation, monks started building monasteries on top of rocks in the 14th century. Back in the 16th century, there were 24 monasteries. Now they have dwindled to six active monasteries, and all of them are open to the public. Of the six, two of them are nunneries.
The images shows the Monastery of Great Meteoron, which is one of the six active monasteries. It is known by other names, including Holy Monastery of Transfiguration and Monastery of Metamorfossis. Built in the 1300s, it is the oldest and largest monastery in Meteora and is a male monks only monastery. The other five monasteries are:
- Monastery of Russano – Nunnery
- Monastery of Varlaana
- Monastery of Saint Stephen – Nunnery
- Monastery of Saint Nicholos Anapafsas
- Monastery of Aghia Triada (Holy Trinity) – Male monks only
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