And of course after Bulgaria we were missing to visit some monasteries… 😛
There is a very special place in the North of Greece called Meteora, where we spent out last night before passing to Albania. Meteora means something like “middle of the sky” or “suspended in the air”. In IX century some monks decided to climb the rocks and remained in small caves to pray and so on, to be closer to Heaven… then some of the places became monasteries since XII century. The access used to be very difficult, just climbing some ropes or travelling inside a net that could break anytime… Now there are some steps that make our lives easier 🙂
In the end there were 24 monasteries. Nowadays, and after the II World War bombings, only 6 remain: 5 for male, 1 for female. It’s said that to build one of them it took them 22 years to bring up all the materials and then only 20 days for building the monastery…
And here our last ‘try to guess’ from Greece. And it’s a difficult one! Put the name to the 4 monasteries you see in the pictures with numbers. Good luck!
Ready? The prize of course will be some nice ‘pongo’!
And now some pictures of the Monastery of Varlaám and of us around these area… 🙂