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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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Visit to Varlaam Monastery

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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