Meteora, the seventh monastery

Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
meteoraThey are only a few who go to visit Ypapantis, the seventh monastery of Meteora. The cause is that it is not easily accessible and that it opens only once a year (February 2), all other days can only be admired from the outside. For those who want to take a walk in the outdoors it is a great opportunity …

Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis MonasteryThe monastery has been renovated recently and a staircase was also added to be able to reach it more easily. Despite this, it remains for the time being uninhabited and therefore closed to the public. It is only open February 2nd day of the celebration of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple according to the Orthodox calendar. The path to reach it from the parking lot of the Great Meteoro, is not indicated but is easily identifiable, and leads in about twenty minutes at the foot of the monastery. The path is very easy and well marked with signs in red and it is also suitable for children. There is also a dirt road leading to the monastery; you can take it turning left, coming from Kastraki, just before the monastery Anapafsas. But it did not seem very suitable for motorhomes and then it’s so nice to get there on foot! 😉
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis MonasteryGreece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis MonasteryGreece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery

Above the path and landscapes that are seen following it, until you reach the last bend before getting a glimpse of the monastery. To see it in the best light you have to get there early in the morning, very soon… for those who dare…
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis MonasteryGreece, Meteora, Ypapantis MonasteryGreece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery

The best view is from the clearing in front of the monastery where there is a statue dedicated to Papathymios Vlahavas, hero of the resistance against the Turks.
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis MonasteryGreece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery
Greece, Meteora, Ypapantis Monastery

In addition to the trail to the monastery Ypapantis, there are an infinite number of paths that lead to the foot of the rock towers, commonly used by climbers. A couple of the most classic start from the small square opposite the bend just before you get to the monastery Roussanou.
Greece, Meteora
Greece, MeteoraGreece, Meteora


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