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Meteora is one of Greece's most famous sights. This picture shows one of several monasteries built on top of the rocks in this part of northern Greece. I left lots of room for the surrounding landscape here.

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'Suspended in the air' (the meaning of Meteora in Greek), these monasteries represent a unique artistic achievement and are one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer.

Built under impossible conditions, with no practicable roads, permanent though precarious human habitations subsist to this day in the Meteora, but have become vulnerable under the impact of time.

The net in which intrepid pilgrims were hoisted up symbolizes the fragility of a traditional way of life that is threatened with extinction.

(from: whc.unesco.org)

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song title reference: Gillan

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