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Megalo Meteoro Monastery

Kalambaka, Greece
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Kalambaka
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Manila, Philippines
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This is the largest of the monasteries that must be visited. The church was beautifully decorated with ancient artifacts, the implements that they use in olden times are still there on display. Behind is also a very nice vista where you can see vast surroundings including the other monasteries, perfect for that picture taking.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a visit for the determined. From the parking lot 100 steps down and 200 steps up (however they are regular and there is a hand rail). After the climb and ancient, well-presereved monastery. Interesting building and icons inside and spectacular views from the balconies.

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Costa Mesa, Ca
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This monastery alone was worth our long drive. I have never seen anything like it before. It was beautiful both inside and out. Its quite a steep walk, so make sure you wear good shoes.

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Europe
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146 reviews 146 reviews
62 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is Meteora's largest one and likely one of the busiest, occupied by too many day tourers. If you want to enjoy it, be early or go late, after most busses left. The way up to its entrance offers a magnificent view on the neighboring Varlaam monastery. The Megalo Meteora is inside the largest and most diverse, giving good insights... More 

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Bayreuth, Germany
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I think that if you for some reason have time for visiting just one of the monasteries, it should be this one. It is the largest and the areas that tourists are allowed to visit are by far the largest - meaning that the many visitors spread throughout the monastery and it doesn't get nearly as crowded as Varlaam. It... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It is the largest monastery of them all but also the most crowded. The monastery has great views and even a museum within its walls. Go early if you want to avoid the crowds!

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Eijsden, The Netherlands
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It was the first monastery we visited especially because it closes on Tuesdays and we were going to leave on Tuesday. It is very impressive and climbing 270 steps was well worth it. Actually we didn't feel it, and if you are tired, it was possible to take a break with the stunning view.

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I would say the monastery of Grand Meteora (Meteora Megala) and the Theopetra cave were the highlights of my trip to central Greece. If you are planning a trip to Meteora, the first thing you should do is find out which days Grand Meteora and the Theopetra cave are open. If your itinerary only takes you there when one or... More 

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Izmir Province, Turkey
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236 reviews 236 reviews
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467 helpful votes 467 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is not a place that any photo will ever do justice to, it is too big and too amazing. It is a memory you will take with you, a picture in your mind and a feeling in you that you have visited one of the most amazing and spiritual places in the world. The monastery opens from 9 until... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Meteora is a unique Orthodox monastic city of rocks. According to some data rocks (abt 600 m above sea level) were formed before 60 million years being part of the bottom of a prehistoric sea. Meteora is situated in the region of Thessalia in the Pind mountain near the town of Kalambaka. First monks settled here in 11-12th century. In... More 

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