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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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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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Holiday, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We toured with a rented car. There was ample space to park (without any charge) at each of the monasteries that we visited, but this was not the high season so I make no claim about the availability of parking spaces in the high season. The main attraction here is, of course, the mural painting on the walls of the... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was a remarkable experience. The climb up to the monastery can be quite daunting unless you are reasonable fit, but the views from the top are indescribable. The katholikon (chapel) has the most amazing frescoes, and it gives a remarkable sense of what it must have been like for monks in years gone by. I enjoyed this the best... More 

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is my first time visit to Greek orthodox Christian church.It has very impressive wall painting,holy place,document from ancient time and valuable historic buildings.I can study how they alive while invasion time,how they get food,how they get water etc,.I loves fresh wind from rocky mountain and attractive stone steps.Also very exciting crossing bridge is lovely.

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Pozarevac
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Exciting crossing the bridge at the entrance to the monastery over the precipice. The monastery is full of peace and holiness. Many visitors, great views, while the interior you back to the Byzantine period when these monasteries emerged.

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Pincourt, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

When touring this monastery, you have access to the basket chamber (the place where the basket used to be manually lowered and raised to move people and goods in and out of the monastery). It was interesting to look down over the rail and imagine being at the mercy of the people working the yolk & rope mechanism....I guess that... More 

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Built in 1518, this monastery was originally used to escape and hide from invaders and marauders. It was once accessed by rope-ladder and pulley-system! Many of the images of Meteora portray this particular monastery, so take your time, walk around and check it out! Very cool.

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

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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