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About Meteora – The Holy Meteora Monasteries

Meteora monasteries – the miracle of Greece. Few kilometers northwest of the town of Kalabaka, the impressive rocks of Meteora are rising from the plains of Thessaly been one of the most amazing places in Greece. Many centuries ago, on these gigantic rocks with the breathtaking landscape reaching heights of more than 600 meters, it was formed one of the most important monastic communities of Greece. The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air” and this phrase aptly describes these remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries.

Meteora is a great place to experience , a spectacular landscape and byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks that house priceless artifacts and wall paintings. Today only six monasteries are active with a small number of monks or nuns who reside on Meteora. In 1988, the Meteora monasteries have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Meteora-Antichassia area is part of the Natura 2000 network hosting some rare species of birds and flowers. As you approach the town of Kalabaka, the nearest big town near Meteora , and the picturesque village of Kastraki you will see a complex of giant sandstone rock pillars that climb up into the sky. On top of them you will spot the famous Meteora monasteries.

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Which Meteora monasteries to visit?

Great Meteoron

Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron

The Great Meteoron, also known as the Holy Monastery of the Metamorfossis (Transfiguration of Christ), is a male monastery and is the oldest and largest of all the monasteries of Meteora. It is built on the greatest rock of the complex, the Platys Lithos or Playtlithos. It was founded little before the mid-14th century (around 1340) by a scholar monk of Mount Athos, Saint Athanasios Meteorites. The monastery has a pleasant courtyard and there are many amazing frescoes to see. Probably one of the most interesting parts of the monastery…

Holy Monastery of Varlaam

The Varlaam Monastery is named after the first monk who built the first church on the rock. This was in 1350 and Varlaan built three churches, a room for himself and a water tank. Unfortunately no other monks joined him, after his death the site was abandoned for 200 years. In 1517 two monks from Ioannina, Theophanes and Nektarios Apsarades , re-founded the monastery. Nowadays the monastery can be reached by a bridge and has a small museum, there are a lot of impressive 16th century paintings to see as well…
Varlaam Meteora
Roussanou Meteora

Holy Monastery of Rousanou

The Rousanou Monastery was built in 1545 by Maximos and Ioasaph of Ioannina, it is unclear who the actual monastery is named after, but it is dedicated to St.Barbara. Like other monasteries at Meteora the Roussanou monastery was looted during the Second World War. The monastery is reached by a bridge that has some dramatic drops. Nowadays the Monastery is run by nuns. The monastery is located on the way from Kastraki to Meteora between St. Nicholas Anapafsas and Varlaam monastery…

Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapafsas

St. Nicholas Anapafsas monastery was founded in the 14th century and nobody is quite sure who the monastery is named after. This Monastery is most famous for its frescoes by the famous Cretan artist Theophanes Strelitzas in 1527. Some of these frescoes include the passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary praying. The monastery fell into disrepair and was completely abandoned for 60 years from 1900 to the 1960’s when the Greek government repaired the monastery…
Saint Nikolas Anapafsas
Saint Stephen Meteora

Holy Monastery of St. Stephen

The 14th century St. Stephen monastery is the closest monastery in Meteora to the main town of Kalabaka, and so the easiest to visit. St. Stephen monastery was founded by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene, who is thought to be a son of the Serb ruler Nicephorus II of Epirus, in 1400. The Katholikon at the monastery is dedicated to St. Charalambos who’s head it contains, as it is believed to prevent illnesses. Much of the monastery was destroyed during World War Two and the Greek civil war that followed. The monastery is run by Nuns…

Holy Monastery of Holy Trinity

You may recognise the monastery of Holy Trinity as it was used in the James Bond movie ‘For your eyes only’ Roger Moore scales the cliff face. Out of all the monasteries of Meteora Holy Trinity has the most dramatic location, the rock face is a sheer drop and the rock itself is a lot more slender. The monastery was built in 1458 and had many treasures, but most of these were looted by the Germans during the Second World War, most of the frescoes are from the 18th century…
Holy Trinity
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Meteora Thrones is the leading travel service company in Meteora and the surrounding area, which has earned the trust and loyalty of visitors who want to organize in the best and most effective way their visit to Meteora and the Holy Monasteries.

We organize everyday tours with the goal to offer you the absolute and authentic Meteora experience with the best prices in the area. Enjoy with us the best panoramic and majestic views of your life. Our experienced staff and the “State of the Art” VIP Limo Mini bus we own guarantee an unforgettable, high quality, way to discover our unique place.

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  • star ratingIncredible  - There isn't a word in the dictionary that comes close to describing this wonderful experience. Our tour guide's knowledge of the history of Meteora really enhanced our experience. Photo opportunities... read more

    Lawrence S
    October 15, 2023

    star ratingStress free way to visit the sights at Meteora  - Great tour, stress free way of visiting the monasteries. Parking is very limited at the monasteries, this tour is worth it even if you have a car as you can... read more

    Gus K
    June 5, 2023

    star ratingOur guide, Krissa, was very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We were easily guided from the train station, throughout the tour and back to the train station without any discomfort. Each... read more

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    July 5, 2022
  • star ratingGreat visit, excellent customer service - Best customer service they gave us. We reached Kalambaka an hour later than the scheduled tour time due to a mistake in our train booking, confusion with Larissa and Athens... read more

    ICE T
    December 16, 2022

    star ratingWe were very satisfied with this tour during which we visited three monasteries and stopped at the most beautiful places along the way to see the spectacular panoramas of Meteoras.... read more

    noctua5
    October 28, 2022

    star ratingVery good organization-
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    Beautiful landscapes
    I suggest it to everyone ️️

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    April 1, 2022
  • star ratingCan't miss this if you go to Greece!! - There was no train service, so the agency arranged bus transportation for the trip. It was comfortable, with proper stops to buy food and go to the toilet. We would... read more

    Daiana C
    October 30, 2023

    star ratingReally nice and friendly guides - They were really nice. Even if we did not pay the Spanish tour, as we were Spanish, they explained everything in Spanish.
    The transportation is comfortable and you have plenty... read more

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    February 5, 2023

    star ratingGreat experience! - This review was great! We really enjoyed the monasteries and driving past/ going inside them. We went inside 3/6 and saw really cool things in all of them. Thomas was... read more

    abbinutt
    May 13, 2023
  • star ratingPerfect - Most beautiful experience ever, the best guide ever, perfect organisation. Absolutely to visit when you are in Greece.

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    June 5, 2023

    star ratingWe had an incredible day at Meteora through this company! Our guide, Christos, was very knowledgeable and accommodating - sharing interesting historical and cultural facts, answering our many questions, and... read more

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    May 2, 2023

    star ratingGreat four hour trip with breathtaking views. Wonderful opportunity to get a first impression of the whole of Meteora and to prepare the next visit with selected monasteries. Very knowledgable... read more

    Bernd D
    May 4, 2022
  • star ratingGreat tour  - Great tour. Did the morning hike with Christos. Exceptional guide, very informative and interesting. Would recommend this tour.

    Anne W
    June 4, 2023

    star ratingYiannis and Kostas were great hosts. We enjoyed our experience and would reccomend it! Bring a comfortable pair of shoes!

    Roving736480
    May 16, 2022

    star ratingIf you have extra time in Athens, I highly recommend a trip to Meteora and it’s monasteries. It is a long day trip, but ihe sites are totally worth it.... read more

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    October 8, 2022
  • star ratingSunset view was very beautiful Cristina who guide us was wonderful and told us many interesting things about the places we visit

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    August 17, 2022

    star ratingBest way to book a local organized bus tour to maximize seeing as many of the monasteries as possible. The tour was 4 hours long with a very knowledgeable guide... read more

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    October 18, 2022

    star ratingThe place is excellent incredible views
    Time perfect for the activities
    Elena, the guide Is EXCELLENT, she knows very much about this place, good speaking in Spanish and English... read more

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    October 6, 2022
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