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!
UNESCO #455 - Meteora - GREECE
'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.


  1. Had never heard of this monastery either. Beautiful place.

  2. me neither and it's not one monastery but 24 in that region!