In the western region of Thessaly, Greece lies a formation of immense monolithic pillars and huge, hill-like rounded boulders named Meteora. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful landscape pulls you away from present day into ancient times when monks fled from wars and pillages and made a life for themselves away from normal civilisation.
This first group of hermits monks moved into ancient Meteora to inhabit these inaccessible pinnacles. The lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some as high as 500m (1800ft). The sheer height combined with smooth cliffs, kept away all but the most determined visitors.
At the end of the 14th century, the Byzantine Empire's 800-year reign over northern Greece was being increasingly threatened by Turkish raiders who wanted control over the fertile plain of Thessaly. The hermit monks, seeking a retreat from the expanding Turkish occupation, built more than 20 monasteries on these inaccessible pillars of which six remain today.
Access to the monasteries were by long rope ladders and large nets used to haul up both goods and people. These ropes were replaces, so the story goes, ‘only when the Lord let them break’. A real test of faith to anyone wishing to use them.
Meteora translated from Greek literally means "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above” . These visions are even more pronounced by the formations of atmospheric clouds at the bottom of the plain, pushed upwards by rising air; sometimes obscuring all sight except for the monasteries above the clouds.
Filmed, edited en directed by: Liesel Kershoff
Tibetan Dream by ‘Marbury Media’
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