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Metéora monasteries, Greece

Metéora, group of monasteries on the summits of vertical rock formations in Thessaly  (Modern Greek: Thessalía), Greece

The monasteries are located just north of the small town of Kalambáka, south of the village of Kastraki, and east of the Pindus Mountains in the valley of the Pineios River.

The name was derived from a Greek contraction meaning “suspended in the air.” Rising high above the Thessalian plain, the sandstone megaliths on which the monasteries were built average 1,000 feet (300 metres) in height, with several reaching 1,800 feet (550 metres). The rock masses were formed some 60 million years ago, their distinctive and varied shapes sculpted over time by earthquakes, rain, and wind.

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