Meteora Monasteries, Greece
Like a futuristic scene in a fantasy novel, these Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece's Pindus Mountains seem impossibly placed atop towering stone pinnacles. Meteora means "suspended in air," an apt description for a cluster of buildings isolated at heights that reach 1,320 feet above the ground. Hermit monks built 24 monasteries in the 14th century as a refuge from Turkish invaders. Up until about 100 years ago, they were accessible only by rope ladder or hoisted nets. Now visitors can follow steps cut into the daunting rock, ride up a cable car, or scale Meteora's walls like James Bond did in the movie For Your Eyes Only. Today, only six monasteries remain. They can be visited at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay in nearby Kalambaka or in the village of Kastraki at the base of Meteora.
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