Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Meteora by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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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”.
The Holy Trinity Monastery (Greek: Μονή Αγίας Τριάδος) is the oldest among those present at Meteora, having been built in 1476. The monastery was featured in the 1981 James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”.
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Meteora, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 85 mm, 1/800 sec at f/ 8, ISO 320
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  • Fara
    Faraalmost 3 years ago

    I am fascinated by these wonderful monasteries of Meteora…………………….this is just superb………………..Joyce

  • Many thanks Joyce, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoalmost 3 years ago

    Outstanding composition and enjoyed the history.

  • Thank you very much Bob, I am glad you also enjoyed the story!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much João!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 3 years ago

    wonderful work, Konstantinos!

  • Thanks a lot my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 3 years ago

    It’s a wonderful shot. How do they get up to it? Are there stairs?

  • The monastery is accessible only by 140 steep steps curved into the rock, but also there is a funicular which carries supplies to the top. Thanks a lot Odille!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Naturealmost 3 years ago

    Fascinating in so many ways. Even after reading its history, I still can’t imagine it being built, let alone how people got/get there. But makes for spectacular imagery and reading. Have you been up there?

  • Until the 20th century, monks, pilgrims and supplies reached the monastery only by means of rope-ladders and baskets. But in 1925, access to the rock was eased by the addition of rock-hewn stairs. There is also a funicular which carries supplies to the top. Thanks a lot Sylvia!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    A great composition with a strong impact!

  • Thank you very much John!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent shot.

  • Thank you very much mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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    ienemienalmost 3 years ago

    You are in the Spotlight

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  • Many thanks for selecting me as the new Featured Member of this wonderful group Ien, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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