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Varlaam Monastery

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Address: Kalambaka, Greece
Phone Number: 0432/22-277
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Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine...

Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.

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Varlaam in the Skies

Fascinating, panoramic, picturesque! One can easily get lost in the beauty that is Meteora! Highly recommended to add on your Greek holiday :-)

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating, panoramic, picturesque! One can easily get lost in the beauty that is Meteora! Highly recommended to add on your Greek holiday :-)

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Not much to say. It is a global must see! There are paintings in the churches and pictures 700 years old. There is no such phenomenon in the world.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Quite easy to reach by the stairs, we went there with 4 children (1 baby) very easily.worth to climb up there, you''ll experience great paintings in the church, great views. The store is very poorly equipped, no books for sale there!!!!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

From the moment you set eyes of it up amongst the rocks cant help being excited that your going there Its quite a drive & theres so many Monasteries around it with spectacularviews this place ias awesome You walk around rock up steps & get to the enterance not the only enterance as theres a pulley cart that's take the... More 

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Harrow Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

A must seee place when in Greece,very historic and moving location.Much anticipated part of the tour bus tour.Our guide was very informative and knowlageable in greek history.

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Bonnyville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

If you visit Meteora you have to visit the monasteries. This was my most favorite part when we visited Greece. I learned so much it was neat. All the paintings inside the church were absolutely amazing! Hopefully you don't have to use the bathrooms because they are a little different...

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

This is one of the monasteries that you will want to visit when you're in Kalambaka. We saw fewer tourist when we were there. That might have been because of the rain. The setting up on the rocks is quite stunning.

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

A small monastery with the ropeway still intact. Especially the small guarded entrance like through a iron gate shows how protective they were in their times and scared of outsiders.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The second biggest monastery. This is the best monastery to see the elevator tower with the net. Visiting Hours: 09:00 to 16:00. Closes on Fridays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This is a must for anyone going to mainland Greece. The location on the top of a sheer sided mountain is remarkable, the drive to it from Kalampaka is highly scenic and the monastery itself is beautiful, with some excellent frescoes in the church ('katholikon'). Just be very, very grateful that you no longer have to arrive by windlass and... More 

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