The Metιora (Greek: "Μετέωρα", lit. "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" — etymologically related to "Meteorite") is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.
Studies suggest that the pinnacles were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period.
Kastraki, a small village, lies 3 kilometres from the Meteora monasteries and it was founded in the early 15th century, after the Ottoman occupation, by refugees from NW. Greece.
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- Copyright: Theologos Tats (thiv56) (1587)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2013-03-02
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6D DL Macro Super
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- Date Submitted: 2013-03-17 3:36