This is the oldest monastery, which was named after its location. It stands dominant on the top of the biggest rock of Meteora and this is the reason why it was characterized as the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. Its history dates back at the 14th century, when Athanasios Meteoritis established his faith in a cave named “the Pillar of Drops”, which can be seen nowadays on the way up the stairs to the monastery. The Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ, which was built later and is also the catholicon, is celebrated on 6 August.
The foundation of this monastery represents the monasticism of Meteora through the formation of communes. The monastery was accessible by a rope ladder and by the tower (1520 meters) overlooked by a terrace with a net that was used for carrying objects and sometimes old pilgrims. Up to the year 1923, people were using a rope ladder and a net in order to ascend, while today a 146-step stairway is used, leading to the entrance of the monastery.
Summer Hours: 9:00–15:00, closed every Tuesday
Winter Hours: 9:00-14:00 every Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday closed