Opposite of village Pili in MT Koziakas in the prefecture of Trikala and crossing the bridge we are in the old settlement of Porta Panagia where the temple is located. It is one of the most important religious and Byzantine sites. Founded in 1283 by Ioannis Aggelos Komninos Doukas, son of Michael II Doukas, who was despot of Epirus.

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After a scenic route alongside the Aspropotamos River and in the woods of southern Pindos Mountain, the monastery of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is located at an altitude of 1150 meters. It’s between Doliana and Krania villages, just 50 km from Meteora, because of its dependency from the holy monastery of St. Stephanos of Meteora. The monastery can be accessed either from Meteora or from the villages of Koziakas, if you’re already in one of them. The

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The famous monasteries of Meteora are built at the tops of the rocks, and they constitute the largest monastic state of Greece, after Mount Athos. Since 1988 Meteora is included in the list of Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The first hermits arrived at the rocks of Meteora around 1100a.C. and until 1500a.C. there were founded 24 monasteries. Today, only six of themstill host monks and the rest 15 are uninhabitated and deserted.

The monasteries of Meteora are located 20 kilometers from the city of Trikala. You can access Meteora following the National Road Trikala-Ioannina. Distance from Athens 364km and 255km from Thessaloniki.

Accommodation option includes hotels, guesthouses and campings near Meteora, at village Kastraki and Kalampaka with a wonderful view to the rocks of Meteora.

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