The Meteora Monasteries of Greece – UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nature & Art

Meteora is the second most important site in Greece, next to the Acropolis. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under both nature and art. Only a few UNESCO sites in the world qualify for two categories.

Meteora means suspended in space. It is home to six mountaintop monasteries. Even if you’re not religious they are so worth the visit. They literally took my breath away the second I saw them; pictures do not do this place justice. My entire family was left in awe from the sites here. It feels otherworldly.

The reason the monasteries were built suspended on these mountains were to keep monks safe, beginning in the 14th century. They had to rock climb or be carried up in a basket just to access the monasteries. It wasn’t until the 1920s that stairs were built.

There are two types of monasteries in Meteora –  communal and living as a hermit. Only one of the monasteries today houses female nuns. A typical day for the monks and nuns involves waking at 4am for three hours of prayer, and them carrying out their assigned duties.

Women who enter the monasteries must wear a skirt to enter; they offer tie on skirts at the door if you need one.

Cats are everywhere in Greece, even the monasteries

Fun fact: Meteora appeared in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only.

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The little charming town of Kalambaka is right behind the monasteries.

My family and I rented a car from Thessaloniki and drove here for the day. I highly recommend getting a tour here since there is so much to know and see. Some of the best places are actually quite hidden. Check out tours to book here.

Although the Meteora monasteries are not as popular for tourists as other places in Greece, this is such a special place that you don’t want to miss. There is no place like this on Earth.

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