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Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there. Learn everything, see everything! And then we will take you to the most beautiful spots to enjoy amazing views and take photos. With this comprehensive half-day morning Tour of Meteora, you’ll discover this astonishing site through the eyes and the narrative of the locals! The tour includes a pick-up and drop-off service from Meteora hotels and guesthouses.
The Meteora Half-day Sightseeing Tour tour does not overlap with our Meteora Sunset Tour! Combine those two tours and create the ultimate Meteora experience!
Departure point: Pick up from your hotel in Kalampaka or Kastraki
Departure time: 9:00 am
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.