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Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) was founded by the monk Demetrius in the 5th century. It was used in the filming of the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only." Another was used in the filming of "Tintin and the Golden Fleece. There are 140 stone steps to reach the monastery. The day we were there, the monastery was closed but we saw lots of goats climbing about on the high rocks. The monks today have steel cables and gondolas for taking in supplies, but there are still some ropes and baskets visible on some of the monasteries.
Varlaam Monastery was build in 1517 by Theophanis and Nektarios Asparadas from Ioannina. Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas was build in the 16th century by Dionysius. Roussanou Monastery was built in 15445 by brothers Joasaph and Maximus from Epirus on the ruins of an even older church and you reach it by crossing a small bridge over a deep cleft between the rocks. The only convent among the six is Agios Stephanos; the monastery to St. Stephen. it has a beautiful view over Kalambaka plain and the city of Kalambaka (Turkish for "beautiful fortress") It was build in 1798 at the site of an older church. There was serious damage by the during WWII when there were thought to be insurgents hiding there. Indeed much of the city of Kalambaka was destroyed, so it is a relatively new city now.
Meteora is a great attraction today for both religious pilgrims and hikers and climbers alike.