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Monastery in Meteora - Photo by Martin Gray - click photo for Sacred Sites Website

Monastery of Rosanou

Photo by anthropologist and photographer, Martin Gray. For more information about sacred sites visit Martin's beautiful website, Places of Peace and Power, which discusses his pilgrimage journeys, features many of his photographs and writings, lists calendar details of upcoming slide show tours and more. Martin has photographed 900 sacred sites in 40 countries. There is also a beautiful meditation to heal the Earth on his website.

My husband, Gordon, and I visited Meteora in 1990. It was my favorite place in Greece. How they managed to construct the Byzantine monasteries on the tops of the barren and inaccessible rocks before there were roads or any modern conveniences defies the imagination.

Roussanou monastery is thought to have been built in 1288 and renovated as a monastery in 1545. It contains beautiful frescoes of the Cretan School, done in 1560.

We visited Varlaam Monastery which looks very much like the photo above. Inside the rather stark building is the most colorful Byzantine chapel I have ever seen! Every inch of the walls is covered with sacred art in the bright colors and gold leaf characteristic of this period. It takes your breath away! There's even a little gift shop where we bought little icons of Jesus and Mary to take home to our friends and family.

For a detailed description of the sacred monasteries of Meteora, visit Dilos Holiday World.

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