one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece

After sitting in the bus for most of the day and walking around the ruins at Delphi, we finally arrived at the quaint town of Kalabaka where we stayed the night. It is striking to see the monasteries set high on the cliffs called Meteora looking out over the valleys of Thessaly since the fourteenth century. Meteora is also known as “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above”.

Meteora is one of Greece’s largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries.

We started early the next day so that we could browse the souvenir shops in the area. They gave us a very interesting crash course on the history of Eastern Orthodox artwork. After that, it was time to go back to the bus. Our ride took less than an hour to reach the top of the sandstone cliffs. The view from up there was breathtaking. I was just glad we had roads to take us to the top, unlike the first monks who settled in the area.

I can’t imagine what an ordeal it must have been to haul supplies up there, probably with a wagon or a beast of burden, still, they can only take them so far. They will walk the rest of the way and use ropes to climb to the very top. I imagine something similar to the “Vale of Arryn” in Westeros.