The Monasteries of Meteora

Monasteries in Meteora

Meteora is one of the most magical and spiritual destinations in Greece. The gigantic rocks of Meteora are perched above the town of Kalambaka, at a maximum height of 400 m (1200 ft). The most interesting summits are decorated with historical monasteries, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco. Only 6 of them have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24. Mostly dating to the 14th and until the 16th century, these monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area, living in individual caves. Once united, these monks took months and years to carry the construction material to the top of rocks, using ropes, folding ladders, nets and baskets, and with much determination.Meteora monasteries

They then proceeded to build monasteries that deserve everybody’s awe. The monasteries had no access to electricity and water until recently and the monks and nuns have been long trained in obtaining efficiency. Visit the monasteries, even if your interests are not deeply religious. It is the only way to enrich your feelings of spirituality that this area already exudes, no matter how long or brief your sojourn in our beautiful land.

A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the Meteora vertical cliffs were regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation, to discover peace and harmony and, thus, to support man’s eternal struggle for spiritual elevation.

Monasteries in Meteora. A magical destination

 

Meteora monasteries visiting hours and days

Summer timetable (April 1st to October 31st)

St. Stephen’s Nunnery

Visiting Hours: 9:00 to 13:30 and 15:30 to 17:30.

The monastery stays closed on Mondays.

 

Great Meteoron Monastery Meteora spiritual monasteries

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 17:00.

The monastery stays closed on Tuesdays.

 

Roussanou Monastery

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 17:45.

The monastery stays closed on Wednesdays.

 

Holy Trinity Monastery

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 17:00.

The monastery stays closed on Thursdays.

 

Varlaam MonasteryMeteora magical monasteries

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 16:00.

The monastery stays closed on Fridays.

 

St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 15:30.

The monastery stays closed on Fridays.

 

Winter  timetable(November 1st to March 31st)

St. Stephen’s Nunnery

Visiting Hours: 9:30 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 17:00.

The monastery stays closed on Mondays.

 

Great Meteoron Monastery

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 16:00.

The monastery stays closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

Roussanou MonasterySpiritual monasteries in Meteora

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 14:00.

The monastery stays closed on Wednesdays.

 

Holy Trinity Monastery

Visiting Hours: 10:00 to 16:00.

The monastery stays closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Varlaam Monastery

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 15:00.

The monastery stays closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery

Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 14:00.

The monastery stays closed on Fridays.

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