Have you read our post while hiking through Meteora or the one for the other 3 Meteora Monasteries? If so, then here you will read about a particular thing we did in Meteora, while we were visiting Monasteries. The Sunset Tour at Meteora Greece. By the way, we are about to dedicate a whole article just for Monasteries of Meteora, so stand by.
We had some quite a bit of time prior the sunset, so we visited a couple of monasteries and saw (from afar) some cloisters.
The Monastery of St. Stephen
Another monastery with an amazing view to the horizon and to the valley. A very serene place. Words are not enough to describe the feelings. Enjoy the photos.
Pretty high, isn’t it?
Really, really high!
From different locations in the monastery. Seems these monks to really know how to pick places.
A distant view at Agia Triada Monastery
Similar to the one of St. Stephen and with equal and spectacular view to the surrounding environment. We didn’t enter this one but we really liked its location and the stories our guides told us. A modern cable car is used to carry workers in and out. Only 1 monk stays in that monastery at full time. Yep, alone!
Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
This church (and not a monastery) is dated back to 11th century. The church itself has a very rare pulpit, completely different from those you may encounter in Orthodox churches. We were not allowed to take a photo of it.
Also its walls (revealing how it was constructed) consist of marbles and artifacts of ancient Greek temples.
That is not a very rare phenomenon in Greece since many modern temples are build on top of ancient Greek ones (not related to Christianity but to Olympian Gods).
Hermits caves and a… hideaway for monks
Too many tourists may be more than what a monk may want. Thus at the feet of one of the gigantic rocks, a monk build a sanctuary as a hideaway.
Very close to that though, and at the walls of the rocks one can see the old cloisters that were build from the first monks that inhabited Meteora rocks.
We learned that a monk opened one hole after another and placed a small pole in that, thus creating a “ladder”. Then he used that to bring up the basic things he needed to stay in the cloister. Monks also created wooden ladders that could be bring up and thus block any access to their cloister.
The best place to enjoy the sunset
Here is the one thing you need to know about Meteora Sunset: There has to be no clouds to see the sunset! Tada! That is the case.
Imagine being on top of those gigantic rock formations, while gazing at different monasteries and the horizon. Below you (at a respectable height) the green luscious nature of Meteora, where you were hiking through, a few hours ago.
You take another look at the height of these rocks and you feel the greatness. You feel small and a giant at the same time.
The cloudy sky is ripped apart, while the light tries to penetrate through and bathe you with its mystical nature.
Sun is leaving the stage… Peace out…
This trip was performed along with other travel bloggers of Travel Bloggers Greece. It was sponsored by Meteora Thrones who are located in Meteora Greece. These guys and girls really know their thing.
The opinions and experiences shared are -as always- our own.