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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
Description: Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Eijsden, The Netherlands
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It was a very nice surprise when we got there. It's worth to visit even though people tend to visit only the Great Meteora.

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It is a small monastery, one of Meteora monasteries. There are beautiful views. The entrance is 3E. There are stairs leading to the monastery, but even elder people can walk them easily.

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Willebroek, Belgium
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The first monastery on your way when coming from Kalampaka. We did it as the fifth monastery in row in one day and that might be a reason that it's 300 stairs fest as many more. It has the most unusual constructon from all 6 Meteora monasteries as it's build in a several stores. Top terrace offers magnificant viewes and... More

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Sydney
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

If Megalo Meteora is closed this is probably the next best. Once you've seen the biggest I imagine the others, like this one, are a bit of a let-down. Same price though.

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San Marcos, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

To get to this monastery, there are many steps you need to climb but, the views along the way are breathtaking. The monastery has so much detail and everyone definitely needs to stop here!

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The danger must have been compelling, to require the building on top of the rock spires. The climb to this monastery is worth it to see the church and its icon encrusted walls. The museum has an interesting collection of ecclesiastical items.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Long flight of steps! Many photo opportunities. Many rooms to explore inside the monastery. Close to Megalo Meteoro Monastery.

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