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Varlaam Monastery

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Address: Kalambaka, Greece
Phone Number: 0432/22-277
Description: 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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Not to be missed if in Meteora!

Varlaam Monastery (or Barlaam Monastery) in the Meteora is named for the monk who first built a tiny chapel on this rocky promontory in the 14th century. It has an elegant church... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Varlaam Monastery (or Barlaam Monastery) in the Meteora is named for the monk who first built a tiny chapel on this rocky promontory in the 14th century. It has an elegant church with 16th-century frescoes by a well-known iconographer and other notable buildings. Not to be missed.

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Adelaide, Australia
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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