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Beautiful, Meteora, Greece on Great Atmosphere

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Beautiful, Meteora, Greece on Great Atmosphere

The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” — etymologically related to “Meteorite”) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.

The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka.

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The Theopetra caves 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Meteora had inhabitants fifty millennia ago. The oldest known example of a man-made structure was found within a prehistoric cave in central Greece, according to the Greek culture ministry.

The structure is a stone wall that blocked two-thirds of the entrance to the Theopetra cave near Kalambaka on the north edge of the Thessalian plain. It was constructed 23,000 years ago, probably as a barrier to cold winds. “An optical dating test, known as Optically Stimulated Luminescence, was applied on quartz grains nested within the stones. We dated four different samples from the sediment and soil materials, and all provided identical dates,” Nikolaos Zacharias, director of the laboratory of archaeometry at the University of Peloponnese, told Discovery News.

Meteora, Greece. Meteora, Greece.

According to a statement by the ministry of culture, “the dating matches the coldest period of the most recent ice age, indicating that the cavern’s inhabitants built the stone wall to protect themselves from the cold.” Excavated since 1987, the Theopetra cave is well known to palaeontologists as it was used and inhabited continuously from the Palaeolithic period onwards (50,000 to 5,000 years ago).

Meteora, Greece. Meteora, Greece.

In the 9th century, an ascetic group of hermit monks moved up to the ancient pinnacles.
They were the first people to inhabit Metéora. They lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some of which reach 1800 ft (550m) above the plain. This great height, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors. Initially the hermits led a life of solitude, meeting only on Sundays and special days to worship and pray in a chapel built at the foot of a rock known as Dhoupiani. As early as the 11th century AD hermit monks were believed to be living among the caves and cutouts in the rocks.

Meteora, Greece. Meteora, Greece.

The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown. By the late 11th and early 12th centuries, a rudimentary monastic state had formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos (mother of God).

08-meteora-greece-beautiful-travel-destinations-sky-photography-great-atmosphere-landscape Meteora, Greece.

By the end of the 12th century, an ascetic community had flocked to Metéora.

They were the first people to inhabit Metéora. They lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some of which reach 1800 ft (550m) above the plain. This great height, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors. Initially the hermits led a life of solitude, meeting only on Sundays and special days to worship and pray in a chapel built at the foot of a rock known as Dhoupiani. As early as the 11th century AD hermit monks were believed to be living among the caves and cutouts in the rocks.

Meteora, Greece.

Until the 17th century, the primary means of conveying goods and people from these eyries was by means of baskets and ropes.Six of the monasteries remain today. Of these six, four were inhabited by men, and two by women. Each monastery has fewer than 10 inhabitants. The monasteries are now tourist attractions.

A magical journey into the colors of the world! on Great Atmosphere – 12 photos

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One color is what usually characterizes a country or a city through most landscapes, and this is reflected in the mind of a traveler when the visit or when seeing individual pictures from there. In Antarctica, for example, immediately bring to mind the blue, while in Africa we think the dark brown. By the same logic thinking about Paris, Egypt or India, making a magical and colorful journey through the colors of the world!

1. Red, Paris

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2. Purple, Tasmania

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3. Yellow, Mozambique

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4. Blue, Antarctica

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5. Brown, Africa

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6. Gold, Egypt

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7. Green, Indonesia

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8. Black, New York

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9. Blue, Greece

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10. Pink, Netherlands

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11. White, Iceland

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12. Grey, UK

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Great Atmosphere, Amazing, 18 pools that you would like to dive!

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18. Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado

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17. Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Greece

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16. Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls

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15. The Sarojin, Thailand

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14. Marina Bay Sands Resort, Singapore

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13. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

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12. Crocosaurus Cove, Australia

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11. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

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10. Hotel Caruso, Italy

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9. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia

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8. The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa, Mauritius

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7. Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Spain

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6. The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland

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5. Springs Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

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4. Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Greece

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3.San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

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2.Alila Villas, Bali

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1.Mardan Palace, Turkey

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7 amazing … pink beaches in the world!

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Pink Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas
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Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Island, Caribbean
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Lagoon of Balos, Crete – Greece
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Pink Beach, Bermuda
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Pink Beach, Komodo National Park – Indonesia
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Pink Beach, Santa Cruz Island – Philippines
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Budelli Island, Sardinia – Italy
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Great Atmosphere Travel – 10 of the best hot spring spa resorts, around the world

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Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Arenal Vista Lodge – Costa Rica

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Gellert Baths, Budapest

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Ikaria, Greece

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Istarske Toplice, Croatia

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Japan, Kurokawa

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Negombo, Ischia, Italy

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San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, Thailand

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Sycamore Springs, California, USA

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Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, UK

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The most unusual forests on the planet!

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Forest is known as an area with a high density of trees. Forests cover about 9.4% of Earth’s surface (or 30% of total area), while most of them are very popular tourist destinations in the world. Many visitors discover the beauty of nature within them, while various activities provide an opportunity for more people to experience the other side, the naturalist! But there are also lesser-known forests, which even boast their particularities. Unusual trees, logs paradoxical, rare plant species, even underwater forests causing great interest to the general public. The least!

1. The mall with baobab, Madagascar

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2. The submerged forest lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan

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3. Dead forest, Namibia

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4. Crooked Forest, Poland

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5. Wild Apple Forest, Kazakhstan

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6. The Great Banyan, India

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7. Lemoodasos – Poros, Greece

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10 beaches of the world …. eye catcher!

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1. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia

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2. Shipwreck, Greece

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3. Palm Bay, Australia

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4. Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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5. Hanauma Bay, Hawaii, USA

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6. Maya Bay, Thailand

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7. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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8. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

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9. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, USA

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10. Villefranche Bay, France

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