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Monasteries' History | Meteora

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

The ascetic community in Meteora started around the beginning of the 13th century.

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Around 1360, Athanasios Kinovitis from Mount Athos founded the great Meteoron monastery which was very difficult to approach. There was only a long ladder that was pulled up when monks felt to be in danger. By the end of the 14th century, Turks were pressing the Thessaly plain, making all hermits to end up to Meteora. This led to 20 new monasteries. The last monastery built was Varlaam in early 16th century. The monasteries were bombed and stolen during World War II.

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