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Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora!!!! Roussanou Monastery

Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora!!!!      Roussanou Monastery
Founded in the 16th century, the easily-accessible Rousannou Monastery occupies a lower rock than the others of the Meteora.

History

Rousannou (Ρουσανου) Monastery was founded around 1545 by Maximos and Ioasaph of Ioannina. The reason for the monastery's name is not known - it is actually dedicated to St. Barbara - but may reflect the name of a hermit who occupied the rock. It soon declined and became subject to Varlaam Monastery by 1614.

The monastery once again fell into disrepair for the two centuries prior to the 1940s, when it was damaged in World War II then plundered by the Germans. It was later repaired by the regional archaeological service and since 1988 it has been occupied by a small community of 13 nuns.

What to See

Rousannou Monastery stands on a low rock and is easily accessible by a bridge built of wood in 1868 and replaced by more solid material in 1930. Despite this, its situation is still quite dramatic, with the rock dropping off sharply on all sides.

The monastery covers the entire surface of the rock and consists of three levels: the church and cells occupy the ground floor, while the two upper floors house the guest quarters, reception halls, an exhibition room, and more cells.

The frescoes in Rousannou's Church of the Transfiguration of Christ, which is essentially a smaller version of Varlaam's church, date from 1560. The narthex is decorated primarily with gruesome scenes of martyrdom, as at other Meteora monasteries.

The resident nuns tend to be friendlier to visitors than their male counterparts in Meteora and often provide sweets to guests as they relax in the courtyard (if so, it is nice to put a small donation in the box).



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Juan
Juan
Excellent capture,fantastic composition !!
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Meteora(Grecia,Karambaka)Fantastic !!
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
was there two years ago !!
4 years ago.
Serge Daigneault
Serge Daigneault
Fantastic capture, panorama and colours.
4 years ago.
Costas Kaounas
Costas Kaounas
Πολύ όμορφη!
4 years ago.
Christiane
Christiane
Absolutely fantastic, Peter !

Have a nice week end overthere!
4 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
Wonderfull fascinating place and photo!
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
A captivating image!
4 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
Wonderful shot, perfect tones, have a great weekend
4 years ago.
Fabio Cecchin
Fabio Cecchin
Incredible location and capture!
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
What an incredible photo, Peter. That place is amazing and you've captured it perfectly.
4 years ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Beautiful! An amazing site for a monastery--or any other structure, for that matter. Thanks, too, for the interesting information.
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: QUADRAT Größe▐█ SQUARE Size
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: Faszination des Lebens und der Li
4 years ago.
Clofotos
Clofotos
Un endroit splendide et exceptionnel !
4 years ago.
Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts
Stunning scenery !!
4 years ago.
Daddy
Daddy
Magnifique mon ami Peter
Bon week-end (:-))
4 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent!
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Stunning shot.
4 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Most interesting location, architecture and history! You have captured it so well, Peter! Have a great weekend!
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Breath-taking capture !
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Seen in : TRAVELOGUE
4 years ago.
ecolour
ecolour
This is an amazing view ... absolutely stunning !!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear Peter !!
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
So incredible...what a view they must have there....

Superb Peter...happy weekend...and a Hug!
4 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
an amazing rock's formation and a stunning "nest" for this beautiful Monastery !
excellent shot !
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Hallo again, Peter !
Seen and admired in : Faszination des Lebens und der Liebe..//..Fascination of life and love
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
You captured the monastery beautifully. Great work!
4 years ago.
Poulet Santivasa Anantnitivate
Poulet Santivasa Ana…
Wonderful scenery and shot!
Have a great weekend, Peter! :)
4 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
What fascinating countryside!
4 years ago.
Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul
magnificent view!
have a nice weekend, Peter!
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Absolutely magnificent!! I would love to visit it and see it for myself...Greece has such a stunning history! Fantastic capture!!:D
4 years ago.
amine fassi
amine fassi
Superb
4 years ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Great location.
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
magnificent...
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
Admired again in Ipernity Frontpage & What's Hot

Happy weekend Peter..:))
4 years ago.
Peter
Peter
Thank you Dear Joan !!!!!!!!!!!!!
All The Best !!!!
4 years ago.
Jeanne
Jeanne
belle photo
4 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
breathtaking shot!
4 years ago.
Darwinsweep
Darwinsweep
What an amazing scene. I really appreciate the commentaire that you give with the shot.
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Wonderful ! Congrats on Explore !

Seen and admired in : Mes Préférences à Moi
4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Wonderful view and structures, Peter.
4 years ago.
Shadyezz
Shadyezz
a superb composition Peter !
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great to see how these monasteries are located in the most difficult places for building. Lovely image, Peter. Have a great weekend.
4 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
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4 years ago.
Andi Gast
Andi Gast
Awesome capture!
4 years ago.
Janet Ulliott
Janet Ulliott
So Well Captured.
Wishing You a Great Weekend.
4 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
How fabulous that you find these places and share your wonderful photography with us. :)
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A beautiful photo of quite a unique area.
4 years ago.
Agnès
Agnès
Magnifique!!
4 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
as part of the rocks;..
4 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
What a nice picture (and interesting information(.
4 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
Really fascinating! Both in image content and also in reading your excellent notes Peter.
4 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Beautiful!
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Brilliant ! Excellent capture friend!! Compliments !!! Good evening from City beautiful Chandigarh !!!! Wishes for enjoyable weekend ! Thanks for sharing !!!!!
4 years ago.
Leiela (MCR)
Leiela (MCR)
Mystical and beautiful !
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: ★EXCELLENT★
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
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4 years ago.
Aldo36
Aldo36
These images are superb

It,s like a scene from Lord of the Rings

Enjoy your weekend
4 years ago.
Eefje
Eefje
An amazing history that is so very impressive, a beauty!
4 years ago.
Agusza
Agusza
wspaniałe!
4 years ago.
Sergio Locatelli
Sergio Locatelli
Just wonderful Peter!
Wonderful and fascinating landscape, a place of great beauty!
Have a nice sunday my dear friend!!!
4 years ago.
Daddy
Daddy
Bonne soirée mon ami Peter (:-))
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
That place is absolutely stunning
4 years ago.
Mark Kinrade
Mark Kinrade
Impressive work!
4 years ago.
Pete Foley
Pete Foley
THis is a really cool series, great shots, and great info as well.
4 years ago.
Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
Super capture.
Incredible construction of a monastery over the rocks.
Thank you very much for the informations, and have an excellent sunday.
4 years ago.
Maria
Maria
Telia, Petro!!!
4 years ago.
Gianni.Elia
Gianni.Elia
great!
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Enjoy your Sunday, Peter.
4 years ago.
Ana
Ana
Un lugar de ensueño, preciosa toma
4 years ago.
Bram van Broekhoven
Bram van Broekhoven
Beautiful composition, very nice photo
4 years ago.
vero
vero
une photo grandiose, un chef d'oeuvre, si l'histoire m'était conté dans la roche,
un panorama de rêve, du grand art, dans les deux sens, architectural, et dans cette prise,
Véro amts
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Magnificent !!! GREAT capture friend ! Good evening n have an enjoyable up coming week !!!
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Exceptional shot!
4 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
great view to the monastery, Peter!! fantastic!!
4 years ago.
Eve
Eve
Absolutely fantastic, Peter !

Have a nice week end overthere!
4 years ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
Amazing! A wonderful shot, Peter.
4 years ago.
Petra
Petra
This is just incredible!!!
What a place!
4 years ago.
* Didier 85 *
* Didier 85 *
Beau paysage !
Bonne journée Peter
4 years ago.
Rosa
Rosa
Incredibili costruzioni in un ambiente mafnifico!!!
4 years ago.
Yvon NL
Yvon NL
must be a grat place to visit!
4 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
A staggeringly cool capture. Spot on.
4 years ago.
Georges.
Georges.
Quel panorama.
4 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Magnifica
4 years ago.
Joke Hulst
Joke Hulst
Magnificent landscape, incredible place.....
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Sumptuous !!!!!Excellent capture friend !!!! Compliments! Good evening from City beautiful Chandigarh !!! Wishes for happy and enjoyable time !!
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Excellent !!
4 years ago.
milvavr
milvavr
great shot and view!!!
4 years ago.
gelo
gelo
Fantástica,saludos.
4 years ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
Fantastic!
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Splendid ! GREAT capture friend !
4 years ago.
Surfin Chef
Surfin Chef
wow...great shot :-)
4 years ago.