Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, "suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above") 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 Peneios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under criteria I, II, IV, V and VII.
In the 9th century, an ascetic group of hermit monks moved up to the ancient pinnacles. They were the first people to inhabit Metéora. They lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some of which reach 1800 ft (550m) above the plain. This great height, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors. Initially the hermits led a life of solitude, meeting only on Sundays and special days to worship and pray in a chapel built at the foot of a rock known as Dhoupiani. As early as the 11th century AD hermit monks were believed to be living among the caves and cutouts in the rocks.
The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown. By the late 11th or early 12th century a rudimentary monastic state had formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos (mother of God).By the end of the 12th century, an ascetic community had flocked to Metéora.
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InasiaJones (31566) 2009-12-01 3:10
I've always been impressed by this fascinating man-made beauty since James Bond "For your eyes only"...
I know, it's a cliché to say so, but your photo is certainly not, as your point of view and the use of your telephoto lens crush the perspective and present this landmark in a very striking way. Autumn do the rest of the job to make it even more beautiful.
carper (96) 2009-12-01 3:17
what a place Salvator,
a fantastic autumn shot here, a very famous place, Indeed I know it from james bond. very nice composition, good photo job here, have a nice day.
alin-m (3716) 2009-12-01 3:21
Verry good immage of this great place,Meteora.
Good details of yours picture.Well done.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-12-01 3:29
Wonderful landscape, amazing rocks, excellent architecture. Superb light and colors.
Greetings from Warszawa!
asajernigan (21427) 2009-12-01 3:45
This is a great shot of this mountain top building. The mountain scape provides a great backdrop for the scene. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has excellent sharpness. A note would be very helpful here giving us some information about this impressive place.
erel (11890) 2009-12-01 4:07
Birazcıkta sümela kokan bu enfes yağlıboya gibi karenin
Kadrajı, ışığı ,geri planı ve netliğiyle tam tam üstüne basarak ustalık kokan süper kare ..Ellerin dert görmesin arkadaşım.. EREL
AYDIN (5700) 2009-12-01 4:26
selamlar, tıpkı bizim sümela manastırına benziyor..Pozlama ve kadraj süper olmuş..Eline sağlık.
olgaperdi (69) 2009-12-01 5:44
I just can say: Wow!!
Great composition and great colors.
Thanks for sharing,
ikeharel (69941) 2009-12-01 6:23
This has it all: Intersting capture , good colors comp. , sharpness and depth , and an impressive scenary.
A very good one.
gabrielpat (7163) 2009-12-01 9:05
very impressive shot.A great light on those rocks.
nagual2 (1456) 2009-12-01 9:29
very good shot.
gilou530 (34) 2009-12-01 13:08
voila un paysage que j'aimerai bien visiter et si possible en ballon, beau POV de ce monastére avec les falaises grises qui donne un sacré spectacle
giorgimer (34941) 2009-12-01 14:49
I'm always very imporessed by the views of this incredible place. I like a lot the effect of tele shot.
Very well done!
danos (96842) 2009-12-02 0:43
Geia sou Salvator,
what you have remembered me now! Great the place and fascinating with the rocks and the Monasteries on them to provoke to someone wonderment.I like the good presentation of the area.Informative your note too.
Have a nice day,Danos
coco (30439) 2009-12-03 12:08
Impressive very impressive place. This is the place where I wanted to go in my holidays... but finally I couldn't.
Nice place and composition. The DOF is good... and this is a so nice picture and place... I love it.
bosskokoss (2272) 2009-12-05 12:38
Hello Salvator. Very nice capture, full of mystery, beautiful colours. Wonderful landscvape and curious place. Regards Piotr.
batalay (38593) 2009-12-13 11:17
Merhaba dear Salvator,
This is surpassing presentation of Meteora. I saw the place in 1999, and can never forget it. You've probably seen the James Bond film, 'For Your Eyes Only,' starring Roger Moore, that was filmed partly in Meteora.
Abyta (191) 2009-12-25 22:21
What a beautiful place!
Fantastic autumn colors and very nice composition. Lighting is excellent...
- Copyright: Salvator Barki (salvator) (19110)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII, Canon EF 70-200 f/4L, B+W 77 mm Kaeseman Circ. Pol.
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-01 3:00