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The Mill of Elves 2014 - 2015

Published on 2014-10-26

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Monasteries

Published on 2014-09-22

The Monastseries are linked by asphalt roads, but the area is best explored on foot on the old paths (where they still exist). You could walk around all the monasteries in one day, but you would need an early start and plan, at least a two hour break from 1pm to 3pm when most monasteries are closed. They are only open at the same times and closure days do vary from season to season. Walking and climbing
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Sights

Varlaam Monastery
In a small distance from the rock of the Great Meteoron Monastery there is the smaller, yet very imposing rock of the Monastery of Varlaam. According to the tradition the first inhabitant went there 600 years ago in the 14th century. he was contemporary of Saint Athanasios, the ascete-anchorite varlaam who also gave his name to the monastsery.The present magnificent katholikon that is honoured in memory
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Saint Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery
The Monastery of St. Nicholaos Anapafsas is situated very near Kastraki Village. It is the first monastery one can meet in the way from Village to Meteora. All around we can see the ruins of other monasteries of Prodromos, Aghia Moni and Pantokrator and the small church of Virgin Mary of Doupiani.The rock, where that monastery stands, is very small and narrow at the top. This reason influenced the
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Saint Stephen Monstery
The Monastery of St. Sthephen is situated on the southeast end of the complex of the Meteora rocks, right above the town of Kalambaka and it is the only monastery that one can visit without using stairs because the approach can done by a small bridge.The view from the balcony of the monastery is magnificent. Down in the valley lies Kalambaka and further away the Peneios river.Since 1961 this monastery
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Diava is a semi-mountainous village (300m. height), 3,5 km south-west of Kalampaka. It is constituted by roughly 900 residents, which deal in their majority with agriculture and livestock-farming.

In the East of the village, the River Penios flows. Exceptional beauty the forests ?Channels? in the 1200 m., in distance of 8 km from Diava are distinguished Meteores and Domokos. The old name of village was ?Prebenta?, that in the local dialect meant passage. It was renamed in Diava, because it was the crossing, the passage to the villages of Aspropotamos.

In the limits of communities Diava ? Agia Paraskevi, the ruins of ?Palaiokastro? were saved, ancient fortress the classic or hellenistic years. Interest present the post-byzantine churches of Agia Paraskevi, Agios Dimitrios and Agios Athanassios. Considerably popular are also events that revive in the village the New Year's day, on Sunday of Apokreon, in 1st May and in 26 July, where becomes resurgence of traditional agricultural activities.

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