July 1, 2012
We continued our journey to the last Monastery of the day that
we were going to tour – Grand Meteoron, which was why I planned the trip to
Meteora in the first place. I
really had no idea all these other monasteries were here until we arrived this
area. So it was our treat to see
so many. While the inside of each
monastery is beautiful, it is the fact that they are built and most sit on top
of the pinnacles that truly amaze me …and to see them from a distance is
|Holy Monastery of Grand Meteoron|
in Meteora, Greece
We begin our way to the top of the monastery… but first hiking down some and then our climb up to the monastery itself.
|We need to end up here...|
|Made it to the entrance|
|Loved the tunnels and walkways,|
winding our way inside
Used for bringing supplies up
|Steps to the next level|
|Loved this window|
|Found this canon.|
DT looking over the cliff; you can see forever!
...and it is a long ways down!
|The grounds were beautiful|
|They had lost of paintings... again, some we could take pictures of and|
some we could not.
|Dennis found an old wood lathe|
|This held their wine and it is taller than me! They take their wine seriously.|
By the time we got to this monastery… many of the pictures inside were all beginning to look alike, so it seems I did not take so many of the paintings this time and many we could not photograph anyway.
This monastery seemed to be the largest and had more rooms than we saw in the others… wine storage, kitchen, workshops, etc.
One of the most interesting rooms was this room of skulls and bones. Someone said they had been placed there to protect the souls of the monks.
|We were waaaaaay up there!!|
|One of my moments with my shoes off...|
You can see another monastery in the background
|This was another monastery that we could see in the distance|
while we were in the Grand Meteoron.
Continued: Our New Best Friends in Greece