Holy Trinity Monastery, Meteora, Greece

Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery is the most difficult one to access and therefore records the least number of tourists. There is a long pathway which takes to the base of this peak; from there you have to climb 140 steps approx carved to the sides of the peak to reach the monastery. The views are mesmerizing! The monastery existed since 1362, mentioned in scriptures and inscriptions. There is a mention somewhere that it took 70 years to carry up the building materials to the top of the peak.

This is the third oldest among all the religious houses of Meteora. The main cathedral on the peak was constructed in the 15th century. It was decorated with frescoes in 1741 by two monks. The wall-paintings surviving today are the work of the hagiographers Antonios the priest and his brother Nicolaos. A trivia connected with this monastery is: Part of it was used as the setting for the final scenes of the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

The effort to reach the top was worth it. Lovely setting; understandable why this was chosen as a film location. The view below and around is terrific. It is a small monastery, the tour inside gets over very fast but we whiled away some more time soaking in the peace of the place. 

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I paused to look back and was amazed at the distance I covered.

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The view exactly below, they looked like tiny giant mountains.

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