Underrated Tourist Spots Meteora Greece | Today’s blog post is all about Meteora – spectacular rock formations topped with six Greek Orthodox monasteries. ‘Metéora’ means “middle of the sky”. And that really nails it. A formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills-like huge rounded boulders dominates the region half way between Thessaloniki and Athens. Some of them are topped with Eastern Orthodox monasteries It all started in the 14th century.
Out of 24, only six monasteries survived. But the construction was only a logical consequence of incredible 23,000 years of constant and violent inhabitation of the Meteora region. The oldest known example of a man-made structure here is a stone wall that blocked parts of the entrance to the nearby Theopetra cave. It was constructed as a barrier against cold winds. Don’t forget: by then the Earth was in an ice age. Many old artifacts were found within the caves near Meteora. Therefore this underrated tourist spot is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
At some point in the 16th century there were 24 intact monasteries at Meteora. Only six are still inhabited today, while the remainder are ruins. Perched onto high cliffs, all Meteora Monastary are now accessible by hiking trails, staircases and pathways.
Map of Meteora Monasteries
The six mighty Meteora Monastaries are located near Greek Highway E92 half way between and Grevena and Trikala. Pinpoint your navigation system to this latitude, longitude: 39°42′51″N, 21°37′52″E
Underrated tourist spots Meteora Greece. By Chili and Churp | © International Destinations | More Underrated Tourist Spots here.