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The word Meteora means literally "hovering in the air" and brings to mind the word meteor. What created this rare geological phenomenon is one of the mysteries of nature and there are many theories though they remain theories and none have been proven. But as amazing a marvel of nature as these giant rocks are the buildings on the top of these are a marvel of man and seem just as miraculous.

Monasteries of Meteora

The area was originally settled by monks who lived in caves within the rocks during the 11th Century. But as the times became more unsure, they climbed higher and higher up the rock face until they were living on the inaccessable peaks where they were able to build by bringing material and people up with ladders and baskets and build the first monasteries.
There are still examples of these baskets which are used for bringing up provisions.
Now the monasteries are all connected by a series of pathworks and is possible to visit them in one day.
Today only six of the monasteries are active.

Roussanou Monastery

This Monastery was founded in 1545 by Joasaph and Maximos, two brothers from Epirus who built it on the ruins of an even older church. To get to this monastery you cross a small bridge from another peak. The church contains outstanding wall paintings, wood iconstasis, panel icons and icon stands.

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