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Megalo Meteoro Monastery

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Address: Kalambaka, Greece
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Embrace the breathtaking mountaintop elegance of this monastery to see why the priests think they're "closer to God".

This is one of several monasteries available to visitors to view and visit at Meteora. This is a place you must experience in person. Just go. And enjoy. It's amazing what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of several monasteries available to visitors to view and visit at Meteora. This is a place you must experience in person. Just go. And enjoy. It's amazing what humans can create following a zeal for an endeavour in life. In this case, generations of Greek Orthodox priests have built and maintained this iconic mountaintop retreat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is one of the monasteries that all of the bus groups visit. There are not that many steps and there is a large parking lot. The entrance fee is 3 euro per person. The hours vary, but in the summer it is open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Work on this monastery was begun in 1382 and is... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This monastery is the biggest one, and might take your entire time on the city (if you are spending only a half day there) but is worth it. It has a nice museum, some nice spaces that look like the old monastery (old kitchen, for example) and the ossuary were the bones of the old monks are kept. From there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Called the Great Meteoro and dedicated to the Transfiguration, this is the largest complex in the area. The murals in the main church are well-preserved and characterized by a sensitivity to polychromatic values and attention to detail. There are no labels here, so if one is not versed in Byzantine iconography, a guide book is recommended. One can also visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This was our favorite since it is the at the highest point with views of other monasteries below. There is a large desk in the back and open area in the middle. If you have to visit one monastery in Meteora, this should be the one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A truely profound experience. There is so much detail, history and culture here I'll have to come back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very good, on a day that is not too busy. On a busy day, parking makes this very difficult. Peaceful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This is arguably the place with the best views around the area of Meteora and the biggest of the six monasteries that can be visited. It's also very well maintained - obviously, most of the maintenance has been made for visitors rather than monks, but it somehow keeps its character (we visited on a day with very few other tourists).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We have visited Thessaloniki and stayed at Paralia Katerini. Hotel (Mediteranean Princess) was nice, straff was friendly, food was OK. Wonderful weather, everything was fine. Glad with the guide (Hristina), shared a lot on Ancient and modern Greece, skillful driver (he had tough situations to park the bus at convenient places). If you travel from Bulgaria, just avoid Panda travel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I did the Meteora half-day tour, and our first monastery stop was Megalo Meteoro. It is the largest of the monasteries and is simply amazing; I could not stop asking myself how a structure like this could exist at the top of a pillar of rock. Women are required to wear a skirt to enter, but these are provided. The... More 

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