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Meteora's stunning hilltop architecture
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Thursday, 15 July 2010 20:05

 The buildings in Meteora are built on almost inaccessible sandstone peaks

When we were getting ready to drive to Meteora, I asked the hotel receptionist  some questions about the place we were going to visit. She smiled and said we'd be amazed by the architecture of Meteora and how it was built. 

So we were pretty excited as we started our drive at 11am.

It took us three hours to get there, but the drive was certainly worth it. When we were close to Meteora, we could see the mountain and a small building on the top, but couldn't quite make out what it was at first. Once we got closer, we saw this unique an beautiful church built on top of the mountain, and it immediately reminded me of the mountaintop houses in Yemen.

 Our vehicle parked on the way to Meteora

Ammar and I started to take pictures, while Taha was driving. When we reached  the top, Ammar wanted to do a panorama image, so visitors to this site can get an idea of how breathtaking it is.

Meteora is built in a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks. Monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantinoe painting.

The walk in and out was tiring and we had to drink a lot of water. Once we were done, we drove back to the hotel.

After a good rest we had our dinner in the rooftop restaurant. Tomorrow, we will be touring Bozar in the north of Greece.

Visitors make their way out from a church in Meteora