Meteora Monastery could become a place of pilgrimage, not only for Christians, but also for Game of Thrones fans.
For fans of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, it will come as no surprise that Meteora in Greece was the inspiration and location for shooting scenes of the Eyrie, a lofty kingdom suspended in the sky, home to the Arryns. Meteora translates to “suspended in the sky” and is an apt name for the naturally-formed soaring sandstone pillars that dot the landscape of central Thessaly in Greece.
These natural high-rises were exactly what the hermit monks were seeking when they sought to build their own Eyrie, away from people and noise to focus on peace and quiet. Although not the most convenient place to build monasteries, the Eastern Orthodox monks persisted with hard laborious work, which was slow but steady. They themselves carried all the equipment and material needed to build these monasteries, stone by stone.