Snow-capped Meteora #3

Snow-capped Meteora #3

Snow falls and has blanketed the extreme terrain all around two monasteries (abbeys) in Meteora, Greece.

The Roussanou (St. Barbara’s) nunnery is viewed in the foreground. It was built in c.1528 on an extremely precipitous rock formation (1,588 ft or 484 m high) with very limited space available on its plateau.

St. Nicholas’s (Anapafsás) abbey is seen above right, farther away. A church on its first floor dates from the 14th century. Its main church (katholikon) was built in early 16th century and is famous for its exquisite frescoes painted by Theophanes the Cretan in 1527. The rock formation is 1,375 ft (419 m) high.

Meteora is the name of the group comprising many impressive and lofty rock formations: The height of the sandstone megaliths ranges between 1,000-2,067 ft (300-630 m). The rock masses were formed 60 million years ago, are geologically unique and listed in UNESCO world heritage sites.

Posted by ioannis_papachristos on 2021-01-20 15:06:21

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