Kastraki village, Meteora

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The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα) 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 Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nearest town is Kalambaka and just under these huge rock pillars is Kastraki village.
Studies suggest that the pinnacles were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. Continuous weathering by water, wind and extremes of temperature turned them into huge rock pillars, marked by horizontal lines which geologists maintain were made by the waters of a prehistoric sea.
Kastraki village, Meteora, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 52 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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