From EUR 15
When all the masses of tourists are long gone have an amazing sunset tour organized by our travel agency that will be your highlight of your entire Meteora visit. This particular tour will take you on a late afternoon tour to all the places around Meteora that only locals do know, in order not only to enjoy amazing views but to learn as well about the real history and traditions of the place.
You will see the 1,000 years old Bandovas hermitages inside caves high up on the rocks and learn the amazing history of one of the most ancient churches of Greece, the Dormition of Virgin Mary in kalampaka. Imagine a church so ancient and old that even before becoming the church it is today it was an ancient temple dedicated to god Apollo!
And then filled with all the history and culture of the place the tour will take you to enjoy panoramic views on the most perfect spot of Meteora and capture one of the most beautiful sunsets you could ever imagine. And at that very moment, when then sun begins to slowly and tenderly touch the back of the distant mountains and all you hear is the silence and an awe feeling of this magnificent Meteora landscape, in that very moment one can truly understand why Meteora was chosen by the monks to build here all those monasteries.
Simply by gazing at this landscape you unconsciously perform an act of meditation, meditating on the beauty and awe of all creation.
This is a Tour not to be missed by anyone visiting Meteora!
Departure point: Pick up and drop off from your Hotel in Kalampaka town or Kastraki village
Departure time: Depends on the season
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Return details: Returns to original Pick up point
The rocks of Meteora were first inhabited by hermit monks during the 11th century, they lived in caves and cut outs in the cliffs. It wasn't until 1344 that the first proper monastery was built at Metora when a group of monks from Mount Athos lead by Athanasios Koinovitis came and built the Monastery on road rock. The monks were completely safe from the world, the only way up was with a set of ladders, and these were pulled up whenever the monks felt threatened.
Due to the security of Metora another 20 monasteries were built on the rocks during the 14th century, especially as Byzantine Greece was slowly being absorbed into the Ottoman Empire.
Steps were carved into the rocks during the 1920's, before this the only access to the monasteries were ladders. The monasteries had many priceless artwork and artefacts, but a lot of this was looted during World War Two, Meteora was also bombed during this period.
The term Byzantine art generally refers to the production and artistic expression that developed between the Byzantine Empire between the 4th century and the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The Byzantine art that is born initially in the capital of the empire Istanbul, but was extended to most of the Mediterranean world and east as Armenia. Was the result of interaction both the ancient Greek tradition and the other eastern influence and religiosity. With the prevalence of Christianity, the Byzantine style characterized by the elements of a purely religious art aimed not so much the quest for beauty and harmony as the inner, the notation and the presentation of religious emotion.