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Meteora

In Ancient Greek “Meteoron” means “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above”. In the city of Kalambaka, located in the middle of Greece, the visitor is stunned by what Greeks call “Meteora”: a complex of enormous greyish rocks, some rising above 1,000ft, guarding their isolation like petrified giants.

Their inaccessibility is namely what attracted their first inhabitants in the 11th century AD; they were hermit monks, willfully banishing themselves from society. Their successors built monasteries that were accessible only through hanging ladders and a carrier net or basket, making ascending and descending mortally dangerous; they succeeded in actively discouraging visitors and conquerors and allowing the hermits to freely pursue salvation, building as many as 30 monasteries upon these huge rocks.

Today, only 7 are inhabited and are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Monasteries are now accessible and open to visitors. There are also a great number of outdoor activities offered in the area, such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking to name a few, that allow visitors to fully experience the eerily beautiful nature on and around Meteora.