A Greek city among the top 8 ancient sites for stargazing
Many iconic ancient observing places, such as Stonehenge (England), Chichén Itzá (Mexico), or the Mesopotamian ziggurats (Middle East) are either closed to visitors at night or under vanished urban skies. But plenty of places remain where you can explore ancient sites and the night sky. The young science of archaeoastronomy studies archaeological sites in relation to the sky, whereas ancient stargazers used celestial figures and the movements of the sun and moon to keep track of time for their ritual and agricultural purposes.
National Geographic chose the top 8 ancient sites for stargazing and among them is a Greek city. In the 3rd place we find Meteora, which as cited in the article, means “in the heavens above.” Located near Kalambáka, it’s an amazing place to appreciate the stars as they have been viewed by thousands of monks who have lived here since the 11th century.
See the top 8 sites:
1.Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
2.Almendres Cromlech, Portugal
This could be a scene out of science fiction—insanely isolated monasteries on top of giant natural rock pillars. Meteora means “in the heavens above.” Located near Kalambáka, it’s an amazing place to appreciate the stars as they have been viewed by thousands of monks who have lived here since the 11th century.
4.Sibiloi National Park Kenya
5.Alamut Castle, Iran
6.Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Australia
7.Owens Valley, California