Meteora Pyli Geopark: UNESCO World Heritage Site with Sandstone Columns and Byzantine Monasteries

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The Meteora Pyli Geopark, located in central Greece, has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is known for its unique landscape of sandstone columns and Byzantine monasteries perched on top of towering cliffs.

The name "Meteora" means "suspended in the air" in Greek, and it perfectly describes the surreal beauty of this geopark. The sandstone cliffs, which were formed millions of years ago from ancient lake and river sediments, have eroded over time, resulting in the stunning rock formations that are seen today.

The area is also home to several monasteries that were built during the Byzantine era, between the 14th and 16th centuries. These monasteries were constructed on top of the sandstone columns and were used as retreats for monks seeking isolation and spiritual contemplation. Today, only a few of them are still active, but they provide a captivating glimpse into the rich history of the area.

Visitors to the Meteora Pyli Geopark can explore the stunning landscape through hiking trails and rock climbing routes. The geopark also offers guided tours, allowing visitors to learn about the geological processes that shaped the area and the cultural significance of the monasteries.

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The inclusion of the Meteora Pyli Geopark on the UNESCO World Heritage list recognizes its outstanding natural and cultural value. It is a testament to the unique beauty and historical significance of this remarkable landscape.

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