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March 08, 2022

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I thought I was being punked but apparently this is real, and one of the six complexes built on vertiginous pillars of stone at Meteora, Greece. The site might jog your memory as one of the monasteries there, the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, was the site of the climax of the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (where it was called, fictitiously, "St. Cyril's").

I think the one pictured is the same one pictured here, St. Stephen, which became a nunnery.

This is a different one:

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Update: 99% sure this is the Rousanou Monastery, based on that entrance stairway.

More amazing pictures here.

By the way, they call the buildings "meteorite structures." "Meteor" originally meant high or lofty. The pillars weren't created by meteor strikes, but by volcanoes, I think.


Free riding.

Helping out what I think is a stray dog, who is very appreciative afterwards.

Stray dog looks out for his friend.

3D art is circling 'round the toilet.

Sugar glider super leap.

The aurora borealis seen over Sweden.

Kitty massage parlor.

Cat stars in Ocean's 11.

Super skateboarding pug.



Am I being punked? Do they have a toy excavator in there?

Commenters say this shows the carved out face of the Carrera Mountains, from which Carrera marble is quarried. You can see the stepping-stone carve-outs in the slopes there.

This shows a smaller quarry in India.


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