Photographer's Note

During my last trip, I visited wonderful places that I have dreamt of for many years. But perhaps I like most Meteora, as this is really unique place, natural and cultural as well. I have seen so many photos of these monasteries on the rocks, I am happy that finally, I could see them in my own eyes.
The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six (of an original twenty four) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area.
Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders latched together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. This required quite a leap of faith the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only "when the Lord let them break".In the words of UNESCO, "The net in which intrepid pilgrims were hoisted up vertically alongside the 373 metres cliff where the Varlaam monastery dominates the valley symbolizes the fragility of a traditional way of life that is threatened with extinction."

I visited two monasteries out of six - The Monastery of Varlaam and The Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara

Two more photos in Workshops. All better seen in the large format.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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