Meteora Cable Cars



The Flying Monks Of Meteora

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Likely one of the most awe-inspiring examples of Cable Propelled Transit and/or gondola transit are the deeply vernacular Meteora Cable Cars.

A Unesco World Heritage site, The Meteora are a series of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Northern Greece dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. All are located hundreds of meters in the sky atop large sandstone pillars.

Given the – to say the least – unique topographical challenges, the Monks appear to have turned to a little bit of cable innovation to solve some of their transport difficulties.

This shouldn’t really surprise. After all, cable has had a vast and measurable role in alpine construction settings (see here, for example) for quite literally thousands of years. One can reasonably and logically assume, therefore, that cable had a direct role in the creation of Meteora.

It’s admittedly difficult to tell the extent of the system used throughout the 6 different monasteries. Again, little information exists about the lifts specifically and most images we could find were of a single line. But as you’ll see below, there are at least 2 different cabins suggesting either multiple lines or the ability to switch cabins on the same line.

Nevertheless, if cable transit’s good enough for God . . .

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