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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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Monastery with the hanging basket

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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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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South Florida, Florida
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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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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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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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This monastery, as well the rest of the Meteora complex, is situated in really beautifull area with excellent views. Please note there are stairs to climb. Varlaam in particulat has very nice terrace inside where you can rest for few minutes in case not much tourists.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

in our guide we were told it had a museum with a basket, we didn't find the museum... You could see how the old elevators with nets worked, but you can see it in some other monasteries too.

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This monastery was founded in 1517. In addition to its collection of icons, relics and carved crosses, it contains an important collection of frescoes. The entrance fee is 3 euro and women must wear skirts below the knee (loaner skirts available) and cover their shoulders. Men must wear long pants.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

An impressive monastery with breathtaking views to the landscape and the other monasteries. Inside there are also interesting exhibitions like a monstrous barrel and the ancient elevating system. Surely a must visit

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We chose this monastery to visit as there was a museum and fewer steps than some. There was no museum and many parts were not accessible as there was renovation going on. They should have told us before we paid to go in. The little church was interesting, covered in frescos but no information or guides available unless you bought... More 

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Address: Kalambaka, Greece
Phone Number: 0432/22-277
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Thessaly  >  Trikala Region  >  Kalambaka

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