Located north of Greece, built on top of sandstone rock pinnacles on the Thessaly Plain in the Pinios River valley, the Meteóra (Greek for “in the heavens above”) is a group of six Greek Eastern Orthodox monasteries, inhabited since the 14th century. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1988, four of these monasteries are still home to religious communities.
Why are so many churches built on mountains?
As they were built during times of political instability and persecution, access to these monasteries was originally planned to be difficult, on purpose. Until recently, when a series of steps was carved in the very rock, one could only climb up using either ladders made of rope or huge baskets pulled up using a basic pulley system.
Thanks to this video, shared on Facebook by World & Drone, you can now marvel at the astonishing beauty of the Metéora Monasteries without having to climb your way to the top of these rock pillars.