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Kalambaka is just a little spot offering the shelter to a tourist who came to see its surroundings. It’s impolite to say “surroundings”, because it is… METEORA! At the beginning you’ll watch and wait your eyes admiring the sun setting behind the town Kalambaka, then you’ll get stunned finding the majestic scenery of Meteora mountains and after all you’ll get fix idea to build a monastery on the top of a rock (only after sunstroke;).

mysterious sceneries...

The word Meteora means “hovering in the air” and of course brings to mind the word meteor. Geologists try to disperse all secrets suggesting that the pinnacles were created some 60 million years ago in the Tertiary period, emerging from the cone of a river and further transformed by earthquakes, but none of theories have ever been proven. Greeks used to pick such places as Meteora for spiritual and cult interests since natural beauty and harmony touch people hearts and makes to believe in superior spirits.

town at the foot of mountains...

Kalambaka, a tiny town built at the foot of the towering grey rocks, is the gateway to Meteora and one of the most ancient cities of Thessaly, earlier called Eginio and Stagi. During the Turkish domination the name changed to Kalambaka, which means beautiful fortress. During Second World War it was completely destroyed and then rebuilt. Today, about 12 000 people live there.

and monasteries in the air

Between the earth and sky, at the tops of huge rocks Greeks found the best place … to build monasteries. You must visit them if you want to acquaint yourself with Greek Orthodoxy. The monasteries contain priceless historical and religious treasures from the Byzantine period.

  • Last visit to Meteora: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated Sep 25, 2003
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Nice pics

  • bakalapoe's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Nice to read that you had a wonderful time in my country. Wish you all the best for New Year! Greetings from Greece

  • steevie_wanders's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Meteora looks amazing. Very dramatic rocks! Your 'Theory of Travel' is great - very well observed. It sounds like you have thought a lot about it..

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2006 at 5:37 AM

    An amazing place. Must get there one of these days. Fantastic photos and interesting tips. Thanks.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2006 at 2:18 PM

    Halleluja, Reda ! Xcellent pics, amazing stories seem to be taken from fairy tales ! I'll do my best to keep my soul while visiting the site within 10 days. End of January is good time, isn't it? A possible snow?? Cheers !

  • mengu's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2005 at 8:05 AM

    Great page of Meteora, thanks..

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2005 at 7:14 AM

    Reda, you've got some wonderful photos here of a really spectacular place! Thanks for sharing.

  • Gerrem's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2005 at 2:51 AM

    Great pics and infos! Like your pictures from your General Tips! Happy Birthday Reda and best wishes from Lower Saxony!

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 2:46 PM

    Very good pics. Meteora is fabulous!

  • and_juana's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2004 at 1:46 AM

    Great pics!! I really enjoy going thru them very interesting and ifnormative :)


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