|UNESCO #455 - Meteora - GREECE|
Monday, May 05, 2014
Meteora - GREECE - UNESCO #455
The last postcard Elena sent me shows one of the 24 monasteries built on the huge and almost inaccessible sandstone rock peaks of Meteora in Greece - a place I must confess I didn't knew anything about before today. Thank you very much for this amazing triple swap Elena, it's really a awesome contribution to my UNESCO collection, that now have 367 different WHS, only 614 to reach the end. This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
'Suspended in the air' (the meaning of Meteora in Greek), these monasteries represent a unique artistic achievement and are one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer. The Meteora provide an outstanding example of the types of monastic construction which illustrate a significant stage in history, that of the 14th and 15th centuries when the eremitic ideals of early Christianity were restored to a place of honour by monastic communities, both in the Western world (in Tuscany, for example) and in the Orthodox Church.