You may remember from the posting from the town of Kalambaka, we could see a monastery from our hotel:
Up a winding road, we arrived at it:
The region of Meteora, which had provided a refuge for ascetics and hermits, became a sort of gathering place for monks as the hills allowed them to seek solitude. In the 14th Century the Great Meteora Monastery was founded. At one time up to 24 monasteries existed in this area; only six remain currently.
Originally access to the monasteries was done via rope ladders or baskets with rope; fortunately for modern day visitors stairs have been built.
This is the sort of cave a monk might have dwelled in:
A note on the monastery, if you blow it up:
This is the back side of the main sanctuary. Pictures are not allowed; I wish I could have taken one for you. This was an Orthodox sanctuary in all of its 14th Century glory with six centuries of use.
Looking out over the Meteora:
These stairs have been here for hundreds of years, worn down by the feet of pilgrims and monks:
The next three pictures were a more recent addition to the monastery; it pictures Christ as the center of human thought and knowledge. To His left and write are Greek writers, philosophers, and historians:
Looking down towards Kalambaka: