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Springtime at the Holy Monastery of Rousanou, Meteora by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The Holy Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara was founded in the middle of 16th century and decorated in 1560. Monks used to be raised by ropes to get into the monastery but stairs have now been added.
The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, “suspended rocks”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” – etymologically similar to “Meteorite”) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. This required quite a leap of faith – the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only “when the Lord let them break”.
Holy Monastery of Rousanou, UNESCO World Heritage List, Meteora, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 62 mm, 1/400 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
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  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 1 year ago

    WOW what an amazing photograph!!! Stunning landscape and POV!!! Love it :))))))))))

  • Thank you very much Vicki!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldabout 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    November 11, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very much for the feature Teresa!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshabout 1 year ago

    Your EXPRESSIVE Image & Writing is on DISPLAY Here

  • Many thanks for the feature Kanages!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 1 year ago

    What a sight, great pov!
    Congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you very much Angie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coabout 1 year ago

    How beautifully it fits in the landscape. “suspended rocks” …… they really made it difficult to access and plunder. I like the “leap of faith” needed to get up to it :)

  • You got it right Alenka, many thanks!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 1 year ago

    Many thanks to the Greece and all things Hellenic group for the feature!

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 1 year ago


    4 days left to vote for the most beautiful places in Historical Sites challenge.

  • Thank you very much for the feature Vicki!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 1 year ago

    A leap pf faith and half a bottle of tequila!!! That’s the ONLY way I would go! This is beautiful!!

  • Ha, ha, ha, you are right, thank you!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Roddy Atkinson
    Roddy Atkinson11 months ago

    Amazing looking place, great capture!

  • Thanks a lot Roddy! Meteora is a magnificent place indeed, maybe you also like a few more images here

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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