Meteora Varlaam Monastery
Varlaam Monastery in Meteora, i applied a graduated filter to depict the impressive and snowy Pindos mountain range, in the background.
Meteora are situated in Trikala prefecture, about 500 meters above the city of Kalambaka. They are a cluster of high and impressive rocks with 24 Monasteries built on them.
Meteora are in the UNESCO World heritage list.
The first buildings of Varlaam Monastery were built in 1350 by the monk Varlaam. When he passed away the Monastery remained deserted for about 200 years until 1517/1518 when the monks Theofanis and Nektarios, who were brothers from a rich family of Ioannina, started rebuilding it and they founded the central temple and the tower of the Monastery.
One of the most impressive exhibitions in the Monastery, is the giant 12ton barel, which big as a room, served as a water reservoir, in the first years.
Today the Monastery has only 7 monks.