Have you heard of Meteora? We’ve put together 10 facts you need to know about this fascinating place!
Meteora, Greece – a UNESCO World Heritage listed place meaning “suspended in the air,” is an eroded rock which monks have built their monasteries on. Twenty-four of these almost inaccessible monasteries were built during the 15th century despite incredible difficulties.
Here’s some fascinating facts about the largest and most important complex of all Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece:
During World War II the site was bombed and raided with many pieces of art stolen
When visiting, shoulders must be covered and long pants or skirts need to be worn
The site is featured in the James Bond movie, ‘For Your Eyes Only’
Meteora is a popular rock-climbing site, with people coming from all around the world to reach the top.
Meteora became a World Heritage Site in 1988
The rocks are composed of a mixture of sandstone and conglomerate
All 6 of the remaining monasteries are in use; however many monks have left the site
Meteora thrived until the 17th century, when under Turkish occupation they fell into decline
The rock pillars were formed approximately 60 million years ago by earthquakes and weathering
Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people.