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Varlaam Monastery

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Address: , Kalambaka, Greece
Phone Number: 0432/22-277
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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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Definitely worth the visit

One of our favorite of the six monasteries. It has an excellent visit of the "megalomonastary." Definitely worth the visit.

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

One of our favorite of the six monasteries. It has an excellent visit of the "megalomonastary." Definitely worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is basically the same as the top location Megalo Meteoro but smaller and without a museum. There are also builders very active on the site. They happily charge you the same price though. I suppose it is part off the Meteoro whole and you might as well visit.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The access sounded awful but it wasn't that bad - you can take your time. Really need a guide to explain what you're looking at.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Although this monastery needs a bit of stair climbing, this is hard the hardest one to get to. The church inside is beautifully preserved and one can see probably one of the largest wine/beer barrel one has ever seen. The way supplies are sent up and down are still donw using big bucket and pulleys.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The location is what makes this really cool. Other than that it is a monastery. However, it does have amazing frescoes if you're into that.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This monastery needs some climbing to get to the top, but worth the climb. View is beautiful but we can't take photos inside the church. There was also an ancient wooden board and metal thingy which the monks will hit in a certain rhythm to communicate within the monastery as well as to communicate with other monastery, which was really... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It is the most amazing monastery in the heart of Meteora. We started our tour at Agios Nickolas monastery which is the 1st one after arriving from Kastraki vilage. The overall impression is WOW. Mighty cliffs with multiple monasteries at the peak of the rocks. The Varlaam monastery is located in the center of a beatiful canyon with a very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

My partner I visited this monastery in March 2015. Although officially found in 1517, it has origins as early as 1350 when a ascetic monk named Varlaam climbed this great rock and settled at the top, building three churches, a cell for himself and a water tank. In modern times it can be accessed from the main road, which leads... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This isn't my belief, but enjoyed the interior & history of the facility Very dark, small . Beautiful ride up to this facility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is must to go when you visit Greece. A short clues of history. Varlaam Monastery was founded in 1517 by Theophanis and Nektarios Apsaradas from Ioanina though the first to establish a monastery here was an ascetic anchorite named Varlaam. The monastery houses an important collection of relics, intricately carved wooden crosses, icons, embroidered epitaphoi and many other ecliastical... More 

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