Project Description

METEORA

The majestic Rocks of Meteora dominate the area of Kalabaka. It is considered a rare geological phenomenon that have been made of sandstone and their height reaches up to 313 meters. They were formed about 60 million years ago, specifically during the Paleogene Period. Meteoro in Greek means “suspended in the air”. Kalabaka is known all over Greece and the world because of the famous Historical Monasteries that exist on the top of the rocks of the Meteora, some of the most important Monasteries being:

The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron is the biggest and oldest one of all. Built on the most imposing rock, it occupies a prominent position among the monastic complex of Meteora. The Great Meteoro Monastery was founded in the 14th century by Saint Athanasios the Meteorite and it’s the largest and most official of the existing monasteries of Meteora, as its name suggests. Don’t miss the chance to visit the museum of the monastery, where historical codices and religious icons of high value are on display. The monastery of Great Meteoron offers amazing views to the surrounding landscape

The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second biggest monastery of Meteora. Located very close to Great Meteoro Monastery, it was founded in the mid-14th century by a monk named Varlaam who dedicated it to the “Three Hierarchs”. After Varlaam died, the cliff was abandoned by the rest of the monks. In the early 16th century two brothers from Ioannina, the priest-monks Theophanes and Nectarios, decided to reactivate the abandoned monastery of Varlaam. They settled on the cliff spending many years building a new chapel dedicated to “All Saints”.

The Holy Monastery of Agios Stephanos is by far the most accessible monastery, where instead of steps you simply cross a small bridge to reach the entrance. The beginning of monastic life on the rock of Agios Stephanos dates back to early in the 12th century. St. Stephen’s Monastery includes two cathedrals; the old 16th-century chapel which was severely damaged during WWII and the consequent Greek Civil War, and the 18th century main cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Charalambos and includes his holy relics.

Trikala is a city in northwestern Thessaly and the capital of the Trikala regional unit. The city straddles the Lithaios River, which is a tributary of Pineios and the Statue of Asklipeios, the god of medicine. Matsopoulos Mill is one of the most important new cultural monuments of the city of Trikala. The Mill building complex has been classified as a historic preservative because it is a remarkable example of industrial architecture. The central pedestrian Bridge of Trikala is the main connecting point of the city, apparently inspired by bridge projects on the Seine.