Meteora

20 maart 2008 om 6:43 pm | In Griekenland |

Yesterday we arrived in Meteora, central Greece. Meteora is famous for its monastries high on top of strangely shaped mountains. When we drove into town yesterday, we were impressed by the landscape: a bizarre combination of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Flintstones’  Bedrock. The monastries date back from the 14th century.

 

 Already ages before that time, hermits came to isolate themselves from the world and devote their lives to religion, Greek orthodox Catholism in this case.

The location, high on the cliffs, prevented enemies and thieves entering the monastry’s. All monks and nuns belong to the same monastic community which was founded in the 11th century. For two ages the monastries existed in relative peace. In the 14th century they were invaded numerous times by the Turks, Franks, Serbs, Catalans and Albanians.

Many of the monastries are well kept in six of them are still in use. Some of them have little museums with nice collections of Greek orthodox iconograps, religious clothing and other Byzantine artefacts. Too bad the explanatory texts are very religious and not  very objective, but then again, these are monastries…..

 

 

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