Meteora — Monasteries In the Sky

Meteora is a rock formation located in Greece, and houses one of the largest — and most remote — Eastern Orthodox monastery complexes in the world. The monasteries date back to the 14th century and once required an intricate system of ladders and baskets to scale the sky-high rock formations they sit atop. The name Meteora means “suspended in the air” in Greek. The unique, sky-high rock formations, reaching more than 2,000 feet in the air, have been eroded over time by earthquakes, rain, and wind, but they still house a handful of monasteries. The Great Meteoron Monastery — which houses an ossuary filled with the skulls of monks who once lived there — serves as the main museum for visitors to Meteora. Between the ornately decorated dining room and other historically preserved areas, this monastery is a true wonder to behold.