Monastery of Varlaana (all siants)
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 Varlaana, which is one of the six active monasteries. Named after its founder monk Varlaan, this monastery was built in the mid 14th century and is the second largest in Meteora. It has a church dedicated to all saints. The other five monasteries are:
- Monastery of Russano – Nunnery
- Monastery of Saint Stephen – Nunnery
- Monastery of Great Meteoron – Male monks only. Also known as Holy Monastery of Transfiguration and Monastery of Metamorfossis
- Monastery of Saint Nicholos Anapafsas
- Monastery of Aghia Triada (Holy Trinity) – Male monks only
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