The monasteries of Meteora, Greece are perhaps the most incredible Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the world. The six structures, most dating from the 15th century, were built on high cliffs overlooking a lush valley. Meteora translates roughly to “suspended in the air”, and it’s easy to see how solitary monks and nuns would have felt closer to heaven on such massive peaks.
When they were initially constructed, getting to the monasteries was made intentionally difficult to dissuade visitors. Although the original inhabitants were hoisted over a thousand feet in baskets, there are now stairs cut into the rock surface for easier visiting.