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Varlaam Monastery

Kalambaka, Greece
0432/22-277
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Kalambaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
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Adelaide, Australia
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174 reviews 174 reviews
65 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Monastery is small and not well light. Still worth the hike from the road up the path through the forest.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This monastry is one of several in this area built in 16th century on top of rocky columns. The only way to enter originally was by climbing a very long ladder or by a basket on a hoist. Luckily today it is accessed with convenient stairs. When visiting women must wear a skirt, (wraps are provided if you are wearing... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

One can climb up those steps slowly and carefully and you wouldn't regret after you see the magnificent view of Meteora. We loved this place and the history that comes with this monastery. Awesome and simply magnificent.

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Holbrook, NY
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The views from the Varlaam Monastery are incredible. Visiting this historical location makes you appreciate the lives of the people who lived here in the past and the seclusion they had. It is a magical place of wonder, peace, and beauty...definitely makes you feel closer to heaven.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

nice monastry as all in meteora area , the weather was foggy and rainy with no stop but it was nice to be there

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Unbelievable views make this place of interest so special. The monasteries whilst incredibly beautiful are modern and refurbished with expensive construction materials. Disappointing that you can only visit a small part of these historical buildings. You cannot visit any monks, any nuns, no information if they still live there. Unfortunately incredibly touristy! What do these places do with each person's... More 

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Europe
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146 reviews 146 reviews
62 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I believe that the Varlaam monastery is Meteora's most impressive. It is large and rich inside, having a beautiful church and small museum. It provides a magnificent view on Megalos Meteora and it is a great sight from others. Agia Triada and Varlaam are the most apectacular by far. It is the best combination of being beautiful on the rock,... More 

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Bayreuth, Germany
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21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My guidebook says this is the most beautiful monastery. It is certainly beautiful, but unfortunately most of it is closed to visitors and it gets really crowded. And what's worse, it's crowded with tour groups that can make it very difficult for you to move around this fairly narrow place. It can be impossible to even enter the chapel at... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Magic feeling to be able to visit this wonderful piece of history! The stairs are a reasonable climb for even the unfit and the joy of seeing such a magnificent collection of artifacts and buildings is indescribable.

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Montreal, Canada
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24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

we had lost of fun on the tour to this monastery, the 2nd oldest of the 7 still standing. our tour guide gave us some really interesting facts. the crowds were the worst parts, but this is all expected in the high season. the monastery had great views of the Meteor rock formations! a truly magical place!

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