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Megalo Meteoro Monastery

Kalambaka, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 15 Attractions in Kalambaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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151 reviews 151 reviews
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379 helpful votes 379 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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16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Interesting and fascinating scenery with some stunning views.Didn't like the fact that most of the main historical displays in the museums related to the struggle for independence from the Ottoman empire and unification with Greece.

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Willebroek, Belgium
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you have time to visit only one our of six monasteries at Meteoras, make sure you visit this one. It's the oldest, highest and biggest monastery. The museum inside provides also good insight on the life of the monks in the past and today.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

It is a must once you are in the area. Terrific architecture and view to two valley and other rocks.

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Molaoi, Greece
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was our second visit to Meteora but our first to Grand Meteoron. If you have time to visit only one monastery, this is the one to go for and keep plenty of time - two hours minimum. The monastery is amazing with a beautiful church, an ossuary containing bones of monks who worked there and exhibits of monastic life.... More

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