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Type of site: Mixed
Date: 11-16th century
Date of Inscription: 1988
Location: Europe, Greece, Region of Thessaly, Prefecture of Trikala
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Description: From the 11th century onwards, monks inhabited these 'columns of the sky'-located in a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks. Regardless of the incredible difficulties associated with their construction, twenty-four of these monasteries were built in the 15th century-during the great revival of the eremetic ideal. The interior frescoes (16th-century) denote a significant period in the development of post-Byzantine painting. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, "suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above") is one of the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The monasteries are built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Peneios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Metéora is home to six monasteries and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Metéora's criteria for the UNESCO World Heritage Site is I, II, IV, V and VII. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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