The hidden monastery of Ypapanti
Byzantium, during the 14th century, after centuries of decline was reduced to a mere shadow of the once mighty East Roman Empire. The last Christian emperors of the East, now controlled only a tiny handful of territories of what once used to be a vast empire. Desperately struggling to contain the advancement of the Ottoman Turks in the East.
For many Christians of that period, the end of a thousand years old empire seemed inevitably near. Their last hope was to retreat in their faith, in the most mystical aspects of it: the monasticism. The monastery of Ypapanti was first established during this dark period, in the year 1367.
Fully constructed inside a large cavity of a rock, this monastery is very indicative of its kind, compared to the ones that are usually seen on the peaks of rocks. A monk under the name of Nilos, in the year 1367 AD, along with another monk named Cyprianus became the founders and the owners of the monastery. It was destroyed in 1809, when the local rebel and hero Papathymios Vlahavas was arrested here by the Turkish army of Ali Pasha.
The pathway to the monastery of Ypapanti follows the northern side of Meteora’s rock complex, most of it through the woods.
The monastery of Ypapanti is open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.