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After Mount Athos, Meteora is the largest and continuous presence since the establishment of the first ascetics to date a monastic ensemble in Greece. From the historical evidence, we conclude that the Meteora monasteries were all thirty. Of these thirty monasteries, the six operate until today and receive a multitude of pilgrims. But there are many smaller monasteries abandoned. Most of them were founded in the 14th century.

The name Meteora is newer and is not mentioned by the ancient writers. Their name is due to Saint Athanasios the Meteorite, the founder of the monastery of the Metamorphosis of the Savior (Meteoros Meteoros), who thus named the “flat rock”, which he first ascended in 1344. According to the prevailing view, the first Deportees settled in the area in the 12th century. In the middle of the 14th century. The monk, Nile, gathered the monks who lived isolated in caves of the rocks, around the dumbed of Doupianis, thus organising monasticism in Meteora.

The conquest of Thessaly by the Ottoman Turks (1393) and the gradual collapse and final fall of the Byzantine empire brought about the 15th century. A bend in the monastic life of Meteora.

During the last quarter of the 15th century, (1475/76) and the wall painting of the old catholic of the Great Meteora (1483). The peak of Meteora will take place in the next century, during which new monasteries are founded, new monasteries and other monasteries are being erected, most of which are adorned with fine art hagiographies.

During the Ottoman domination of Thessaly (1393-1881) the meteoric monasteries functioned as places of hope. In the early 19th century, The troops of Ali Pasha have caused destruction and looting in many of them (Monastery of Ypapanti, Monastery of Agios Dimitrios, etc.).

The six visiting monasteries of Meteora are now restored and preserved for most of their frescoes. In 1989, Unesco enlisted Meteora in the World Heritage List as a particularly important cultural and natural asset.

St. Stephen's Nunnery Visiting Hours: 9:00 to 13:30 and 15:30 to 17:30. The monastery stays closed on Mondays. Great Meteoron Monastery Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 17:00. The monastery stays closed on Tuesdays. Roussanou Monastery Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 17:00. The monastery stays closed on Wednesdays. Holy Trinity Monastery Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 17:00. The monastery stays closed on Thursdays. Varlaam Monastery Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 16:00. The monastery stays closed on Fridays. St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 15:30. The monastery stays closed on Fridays.

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