Although the latter are not the celestial wanderers - their translation means "hovering in the sky"
What am I doing?On a unique location on the planet - on the rocks more than 600 meters towering over the Thessalian valley (northern Greece)
Although themselves majestic cliffs, columns unique natural phenomenon that fascinates with its beauty and uniqueness, but they are famousthe work of people- its monasteries!
Yes!Yes!You heard right!On top of these completely naked and inaccessible rocks, pillars built (and still are !!!) Orthodox monasteries!
history of the development of these amazing places began hermit monks who settled in these places long before the X century AD.They settled in on many of these hard-rock caves and grottoes.Not hardships of existence on the cold and barren rocks most oppressed them, and the lack of places for communion and fulfillment of other religious sacraments for which they were forced to go down to the church, located in the valley.
In the X century hermit
Capture corsairs Mount Athos - gave a powerful impetus to the development of the monasteries of Meteora.Exiled from Mount Athos monk Athanasius (later canonized) mete'ory led to his companions and initiated the construction of new monasteries.
construction of these facilities on the tops of bare rocks response was a matter of a very heavy, long and laborious.Building material stones, and builders themselves, the monks raised by winches.The work was done in a strong wind, penetrating to the bone.Food and fuel had to be brought from the plains.With this in mind - it is clear that the construction of the monastery stretched to 60-80 years!
Despite all the difficulties during its dawn monastic republic there are 24 active monasteries!
With so attracted monk in these places?Severe austerity and deprivation?Fanaticism?Proximity to the sky?Privacy and security?It is difficult to say, but will not will want them to "take off his hat."
Imagine - windswept cold stone monastery buildings, austerity of fuel, water, food.Hours of worship (standing !!!) strictly at the specified time.Hope only on ourselves, our strength, and of course a god!
get into these monasteries was possible only in the grid, lifted hand winch.Just here we brought supplies and water.
Today, these places are 6 monasteries (4 male and 2 female)!Of course, the influx of tourists and a few creature comforts life easier monks.So there appeared electricity, rock mounds connected with roads, it became easier with questions of survival, but it is not how much diminishes the feat of these people and their distant predecessors.
Types of standing alone with tiny rocks on the background of monastic buildings are staggering imagination and leave an indelible mark in your cameras!The photo is just stunning!If you're in Greece, do not forget to pay your attention to the place marked by God on earth!
Another attraction of the island of Greece struck me deeply.On it you can find in the article What to See in Rhodes.