On the tops of the rocks placed a team of Orthodox monasteries (monasteries). Initially, all the materials needed for the construction and life of the monks were hauled on the ropes, the visitors could get to the monasteries only in this way. Currently, some of the monasteries is made available to the public and for their convenience, built stairs and platforms.
The first religious communities appeared in Meteora at the end of X., Living in caves and hermitages.
Legend has it that St.. Athanasius, the founder of the Great Meteora (Megalo Meteoro), the oldest monastery, ascended to the top of the wings of an eagle. Anyway, he founded the first monastery in 1336. Was during the war with Serbia and the Byzantine monasteries were good because of reach, shelter. Hiding, among others, John Palaeologus - heir to the throne of Serbia. The heyday of the monasteries survived the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566).
Monasteries then gathered a huge treasure, drawing profits from estates in Thessaly, Wallachia and Moldova.