Located in the region of Thessaly, central Greece, Meteora is one of the most admired natural formations in the country, an UNESCO world heritage site and one of the greatest centers for Orthodox Christian pilgrimage.
The huge stone city is made up of more than 800 rocks between the mountains of Koziakas and Antichasia and is also the largest continuously inhabited monastic center in Greece after Mount Athos.
It was around 1100 AD when the first hermits climbed the hitherto inaccessible peaks of the rocks and established a monastic outpost. As historical evidence suggests, twenty-four monasteries were built during the 15th century, adding to the earlier settlements. Today, only six monasteries are in operation, drawing several pilgrims each year, especially during Easter.
Taking advantage of the privilege of my origin, I have visited Meteora several times but for me every time I step in feels like the first time. I’m always amazed by how the scenery changes through the four seasons and enjoy the ultimate sensation of mental and spiritual calm as the feeling of vastness and of purity and peace diffuses to the whole place.