June 14, 2014

Meteora, Greece

Photograph by Evgeny Kornilyev, National Geographic Your Shot

In Meteora—"rocks in the air"—sandstone spires rise from the plain of Thessaly like tall lumps of clay on a potter's wheel. Seeing the area as a religious retreat, monasteries sprung up here, beginning in 1336. At one time there were 24; today, 13 remain and six are open to the public. The area was added to the World Heritage List in 1988.

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