July 11, 2009

Metéora, Greece

Metéora is a complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries the into natural sandstone pillars of the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly. It is believed that the original monasteries built in the 11th and 12th centuries were used by hermit monks seeking isolation. During the Turkish occupation of Greece between the 15th and 19th centuries, the monasteries’ difficult location made them a shelter from the influence of the foreign rulers.