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Meteora in Greece

Meteora. Parga. Zagoria. Metsovo. Greece.

It is one thing to see pictures of Meteora, they are certainly spectacular, but to see the monastery complex in real life is something completely different. Your mind is in a whirl, the intellect says one thing - Meteora is for real, but this place is so unlikely that is hard to actually believe in its existence. I have travelled to many countries and seen my fair share of more or less strange places, but nothing even gets close to Meteora.

The area consists of several dark grey sandstone rocks, shaped like sugar-loaves and looking like they are ready to set off for the moon. The debate of how these weird fascinating rock formations came to be has been going on for a long time, but the Meteora is still a geological mystery. An even greater mystery is how they managed to build monasteries on the top of the rocks.

Of the 22 monasteries once active in Meteora, only six are still running today. You can visit them all on your own, but I strongly recommend a guided tour, then you do not have to be taken aback and leave with a hundred questions on your mind. We took a tour offered by Synthesis travel and their outing was priceless or at least worth the double. We visited the monastery Megalo Meteora (Great Meteora) and the convent Agios Stefanos, the other four are all monasteries: Agios Nikolaos, Varlaam, Rousanou and Agias Triadas. If you are lucky you will get Kristina as your guide and Napoleon as your driver, it does not get any better than that.

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