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Metéora Monasteries
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Metéora Monasteries, named after the rock formations of Metéora in Greek Thessaly, which rise steeply like pillars above the Pineios Valley. Probably because of its safe and protected location, hermits began settling there from the 11th century, hiding on the steep rock pinnacles and in caves. The first written evidence is the mention of a Mother of God Monastery from 1336, referring to an originally loose community of hermits which, as a sect of Stagon, stood under the authority of a certain Protos. The organized life of a cenobitic monastery (Cenobites) begins with t…

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Petzolt, Martin, “Metéora Monasteries”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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