Vlatadon Monastery
Vlatadon Monastery
4.5
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Kristina Y
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visiting the Vlatadon Monastery was high on list of "must dos" while visiting Thessaloniki. I was not disappointed! I visited on a very cold and windy day and basically had the place to myself. The views were amazing and the monastery's history is fascinating. I spent some quiet time in the beautiful chapel reflecting and praying, It was a wonderful visit.
Written March 2, 2020
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Peter B
Cincinnati, OH338 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The church is old but lovingly maintained. There are great views of the city and sea. I arrived just as the early evening service was underway. Check the hours to make sure you can get inside.
Take a taxi to get to the old city. The monastery is just outside of the wall, and a taxi station is just up the hill and inside the walls.
Written October 23, 2021
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Keppel
Greater Manchester, UK164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Visited on our walk back from the Acropolis towards city centre. The monastery is about 10 minutes from the acropolis.There is a lovely shop with a friendly shopkeeper.Very peaceful place to have a walk around.Didnt see the Church as it was closed.
Written August 30, 2020
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Amne W
161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I have visited the Vlatadon monastery before but they have a temporary exhibition in one of the buildings in the monastery till June of this year. The exhibition is of Early Christian icons and although many of them have been defaced, they are still very beautiful and well worth a visit.
Written March 30, 2019
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Amne W
161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
A wonderful peaceful place, with a modern teaching seminary for Greek Orthodox religion within the grounds. A beautiful chapel with wonderful ancient frescoes, and some amazing peacocks in the grounds
Written June 2, 2016
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Noutsias Stefanos
Thessaloniki, Greece339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Solo
The Vlatadon Monastery is the only Byzantine monastery still functioning in Thessaloniki. The monastery was founded between 1351-1371 by Dorotheos Vlatis, a disciple of Grigorios Palamas, one of the city’s most spiritual figures. The monastery was also known as the Tsaous Monastir during the years of Turkish rule, a name that is still heard. The privileged position of the monastery at the point where the water conduit, bringing water down from Mt. Hortiatis, branched off down into the city, assured the monks favourable treatment from the Turkish officials. But the importance of the monastery and its wealth. The catholicon is a rare variation of the cruciform inscribed type, in which the dome is not supported on columns but on the walls of the chancel and on two pillars on the western side. This peculiarity was dictated by the existence of an earlier church on the same site, the remains of which were preserved in the 14th century church and shaped its construction. Restoration work in 1980-81 uncovered wall paintings dating from 1360-1380. The screen most probably dates from the 17th century, with repairs of the 19th century. The sacristy of the monastery contains a large collection of noteworthy icons, dating from the 12th to the 19th century.The monastery’s position, close to the byzantine walls and with a splendid view over the city, makes the place an ideal spot for relaxation and a starting point for short walks among the picturesque houses of the old city. Nearby points of interest: The Walls, the Church of Agios Nickolaos Orfanos, Church of Ossios David (Latomou Monastery), the tourbes (Mausoleum) of Mousa Baba, Tsinari area and many more. Worth visiting them all.
Written February 16, 2012
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RodDeeRoads
Dublin Ireland125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This small monastery is simply breath-taking. Built on the site where St Paul is believed to have preached to the Thessalonians, it was founded in the mid-14th century and has been in continuous use since then. The small chapel looks quite uninteresting from the outside. However, inside it is purely stunning, with lavish decoration in blues, greens and golds and lots of remarkable icons. It is just wonderful. In a separate building, you will find a stunning collection of iconography, some from the monastery itself and others from Italy, Germany and elsewhere. Entry to the monastery is free and there is a good souvenir shop on site. As a bonus, there are also great views of the city way down below.
Having spent time taking in the beauty of this, do try to make time to visit the nearby Church of Hosios David. It's about 5 minutes walk down the hill - you will pass another very small religious site on the way... St David's is just beyond it.
It is a tiny church dating back to the 5th century. In the apse you will see what is believed to be the only existing mosaic of Christ that shows him without a beard. Despite the small interior, there are many other amazing mosaics & icons... all stunning. You can get directions to St David's from the souvenir shop in Vlatadon Monastery.
Written July 30, 2019
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Θανάσης Κ
Thessaloniki, Greece160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Thessaloniki is definitely a city for the lovers of Byzantium! And this is an other must for them! A holy place of our faith, which contains the place, where St. Paul the Apostle preached the word of God to the Thessalonians (it is surrounded by a chapel in the south-eastern part of the monastery's church)! The monastery offers of course a magnificent view to the city! Don't miss also the exhibition "Our beauty", in which there are byzantine (and a couple of post-byzantine) icons produced in Thessaloniki! It is hosted in a building in front of the church.
Written June 1, 2019
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jmal127
Thessaloniki Region, Greece1,310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2010 • Friends
Vlatadon Monastery, as the correct name of the monastery is (and not Vlatodon), is a beautiful Byzantine monastery, with wonderful exhibitions. Situated close to the Acropolis of the castles of the city, therefore it gives the opportunity to the visitor, to combine a visit both inside the monastery and the Tower or Trigionion (Byzantine Castles of the city).

A very old monastery that takes you back in time of the Byzantine empire, and gives you a taste of Thessaloniki's old, glory times.

Recommended for a short visit of an hour or so.
Written July 4, 2011
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,827 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We walked up here from the port, as we were visiting Thessaloniki from a cruise ship.
There are great views over the city. The site is quite large, but most of the buildings were closed to visitors when we were there. There was an interesting small chapel open, also a shop (with mainly religious souvenirs). There are also free toilets.
Worth going for the views, if nothing else.
Written November 3, 2019
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