Meteora means “floating in the air,” and we have words like meteorology and meteor which comes from this word’s root. In the 11th century AD, some hermits decided to go to these rocks because they knew they could be totally alone in the stalagmite formations’ caves; they wanted solitude. In the middle of the century, the monks built chapels in the rocks. Churches followed. Monasteries followed at the top of the boulders. In the early 20th century, only six remain. They are now restored and are open to the public certain days during the week. The original entrance was a lowered net attached to a rope that would be lifted up, into which people and supplies would be pulled upwards. Now carved steps in the rocks make them accessible to the public. Thank goodness.