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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agia paraskevi tempi

The valley of Tempi is formed between Olympus and Ossa (Kissavos) mountain. Its length is 10 km and flows through the river Peneus, which pours into the Aegean Sea. Α canyon of 25 meters wide and about 500 meters altitude is formed at the most narrow part of the valley. The valley of Tempi geographically was an important trade passage in ancient times connecting Thessaly and Macedonia.

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meteora monasteries greece

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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Monastery Vlasiou Argitheas
This monastery is located on a slope of mountain Karava of Agrafa, near the village Vlasi. It was built in the early 17th century, an information that derives from various theological documents, initially named as the Monastery of Genesion tis Theotokou.

Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromou Paliouriou

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