Meteora is located in the heart of Greece, 320 km from Athens, in the Thessaly region. . At present, only six monasteries continue to be inhabited by monks or nuns: the Monastery of San Nicolás, that of San Esteban, the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, the Monastery of the Transfiguration (Great Meteor), that of Rousanou and that of Varlaam . Its spectacular location, together with the religious treasures, the frescoes, the icons and the old manuscripts of its libraries, led UNESCO to declare World Heritage Site to the monasterial ensemble of Meteora.
Monastery of San Nicolás: He is the first to meet on the journey from Kastraki to Meteora. It was decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas or Bathas, in 1527.
(Closed in winter).
Monastery of San Esteban: The Katholikon, which pays homage to San Charalambos, was built in 1798. The old refectory of the convent is used as a museum.
Holy Trinity Monastery (2432-022220): The visitor has to cross the valley and climb to the top of the rock. Built about 1475. The little skeuophylakeion was added to the church in 1684.
Monastery of the Transfiguration: The Great Meteor is the largest of the monasteries. The Katholikon church, dedicated to the Transfiguration, was erected in the mid-fourteenth century and decorated between 1483 and 1552. The old monastery is used as a museum. Hours: 9.00-13.00 / 15.00-17.00 (winter) and 9.00-13.00 / 15.20-18.00 (summer). Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rousanou Monastery: Also dedicated to the Transfiguration, although it pays homage to Santa Barbara. It was founded in the mid-16th century and decorated in 1560. Hours: 9.00-13.00 / 15.00-17.00 (winter) and 9.00-17.50 (summer). Close Wednesdays.
Varlaam Monastery: The Monastery of San Varlaam is the second in size, after the Great Meteor. The church pays tribute to the three Bishops. It was built around 1541 and decorated in 1548.