The abbeys that Hover in the air
checking out Meteora
Rock hounds drily call it particles leftover from a primitive river delta that the planet rose to produce a soaring, fault-filled plateau 60 million years earlier, however, it’s truly the magnificent Pindus variety’s last and also biggest invoking technique, an incredible geographical non sequitur, before it launches its spell on the landscape and also subsides right into the plain Thessalian level.
A woodland of sandstone columns, iron grey as well as water marked, increase directly from the valley flooring.
Ag Nikólaos Anapavsá
This abbey, currently to its last monk, was developed by Dionysios, diocesan of Lárissa, in the 16th century over the structures of an older structure. The katholikón (1527) in the center of every abbey, symbolizing the church as the center of the human universes, typically deals with eastern, however, right here it encounters north; Meteora’s topography needed some reformations.
Devoted to St Barbara, Roussánou seems it expanded right out of its rock stand; a frighteningly slim bridge integrated in 1868 in between 2 minis comes to a head changed an earlier, also scarier method. Established in 1545 by Maximos and also Joseph of Ioánnina, with art from 1560, it is currently a convent with 13 religious women, whose brand-new cooking area inside the entryway well highlights a continuous problem for monasticism.
The second-largest abbey, currently residence to 7 monks, Varláam is terrific. Established in 1517 by Theophánis as well as Nektários Apsarádas from Ioánnina, it was called after the hermit that initially improved the area.
Its 195 stairways were included in 1932, as well as its looming tower space consists of a windlass and also rope, alongside a little lift. The katholikón (1544) has a sculpted and also opulent iconostasis, frescoes by Frángos Katelános, as well as 2 enchanting cupolas, one general body of the church as well as one in the narthex.
The Great Meteora
Expansive over Platýs Líthos (level rock), this is the huge one, as well worth the trip up its 146 actions. It’s one of the most prominent amongst site visitors, that maintain its 3 monks active. Established by Ag Athanásos, that flew right here on the back of an eagle, it’s formally committed to the Transmutation (Moní Metamórphoseos you Kyríou).
Its opportunities were assured in 1362 by Serbian emperor Symeon Uros, whose child, taking the name of Joásaph, ended up being a monk below and also constructed the initial katholikón, at his very own cost, in 1387– 88; succeeding modifications never required to be done on the low-cost. Joásaph’s initial church is currently the ierón behind the iconostasis of the 16th-century katholikón– the unification of older frameworks within more recent ones, thus lots of Russian dolls, prevails in Oriental abbeys.
The domed cooking area is fascinating, as is the collection, keep in mind for its 640 great manuscripts, codices– the earliest go back to ad861– chrysocolla from different emperors as well as an unusual published quantity of the Greek standards by Aldus of Venice.
The storage has a woodworker’s workshop, with unusual old red wine barrels. Before leaving, take into consideration the 30-minute course to the brought back 14th-century church of the long-gone Abbey of Ypapandí, embedded a little cave. A course leads up to the sculpture of the klepht Thýmios Vlachávas, that arranged an uprising versus the Ottomans in 1808 however was betrayed and also recorded by Ali Pasha; possibilities are you’ll have the sights all to on your own.
High up on its peak, the easternmost abbey (currently a convent with 24 religious women), is divided by a deep canyon from the roadway; both rocks are attached by a bridge. It was flopped by the Nazis throughout the battle, that believed it was safeguarding Resistance fighters, after that deserted and also restored, so it has a more recent appearance.
The remarkable sight out over Kalambáka and also the ordinary past is alone worth the journey. Its church of Ag Stefánou (c1350) has a timbered roofing, some gold-leaf timber makings, and also wall surface paints (c1545) by a neighborhood clergyman, Ioánnis of Stage. The katholikón, committed to Ag Charálambos (c1798), has the claimed saint’s head, a present of Vladislav of Wallachia.
The roadway from Tríkala northwest to Kalambáka is mesmerizingly uninteresting– up until instantly out of no place a woodland of sandstone columns shows up, climbing directly from the valley flooring.
Deteriorated, iron-grey as well as watermarked, their often squat, occasionally aimed peaks show up for miles, and also from a range they look as two-dimensional as an animation background. Greater than 800 smooth and also windy rocks, some over 360m high cover 20km2.