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Varlaam Monastery: Tours & Tickets

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“small museum”(9 reviews)
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Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Kalambaka, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views great history. It’s great to see they a preserving these ancient buildings along with the history that follows them. It’s tough to put words to the feeling you get when you visit them and think of the time and effort it took to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Chris-D7878
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are about 150 steps to climb from the road up to the monastery (getting up there used to involve ladders or a basket), but it was a beautiful church with wonderful decorations and a gorgeous view and setting.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cookpias
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nicely preserved monastery. It is very beautiful and more easy accessible than other monasteries in that area.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Phyllis T
Reviewed September 4, 2019

Outstanding! truly a most see in your trip. Lots of walking and the trip from Athens is a long drive but extremely worth it

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank marciam425
Reviewed September 3, 2019

A jaw dropping place not suitable for people suffering from vertigo ..Sited on a huge rock almost 380 meters high and built around 14 century you need to count 195 steps on the rock to reach this holy place that monks dedicated to All Saints....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anest1s
Reviewed August 30, 2019 via mobile

Very beautiful to look ! But active places of worship, for a few monks. Some nice wall paintings inside, giving you a peek into ancient history and art. Lots of steps leading into the Monastries, and if you have a medical condition, just take it...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Roopster1
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

Easy way up The church has impressive paintings of the 16th century Beautiful view with a nice open space Impressive Nice shop with cheap beautiful icônes hand painted The red wine made by the monks is very nice

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 55odile
Reviewed July 21, 2019

Visited this monastery as part of my visit of Kalambaka. It impressed me not only with its remote and hard to reach location, but also with some of what's displayed in its museum. Among the traditional types of pope clothing and crowns, older versions of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Anjella T
Reviewed July 13, 2019

Getting up on the stairs, you must wonder and cannot help being astonished : to think that a couple of guys hoisted up all these rocks and building materials by hand and by rope nearly 500 years ago ! After visiting a few monasteries it...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019

The monastery is small but has a 500 year-old wooden wine container. It also has the best museum from all the monasteries and a very interesting movie about life there 100 years ago

Date of experience: June 2019
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Darcey H
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John L
April 14, 2015|
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The is not a sustainable tourism experience - it’s expected everyone drives. The overall experience is denuded as such but until a major change from the local authorities is initiated (e.g. park and ride) then it’s what it... More
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Michael D
January 6, 2015|
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There are a lot, but mostly a paved pathway with some steps, and fairly easy, until the actual monastery. About 40 to get in.
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