Great Meteoron Monastery
Great Meteoron Monastery
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Khris
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The best of all the monasteries!!!the greatest! have wonderfull museums in wich you can learn manny important informations about the greek orthodoxisme..of course me,in order to find as manny things i could ..i visited the monasteries with the help of a transfer firme from Kalampaka,"Meteora-tour" ;they provide me with a perfect team:driver and tour guide for5hours..and after this i eat a super tasty meal at Panelinion restaurant(musaka,salad and spicy-lamb/cooked in the oven)... was amazing everything.
Written February 16, 2020
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Thanos Kalkounos
Athens, Greece22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
the biggest of the monasteries of Meteora region. Many interesting things to see inside and of course a fantastic view all around. I would recommend that one visits it early in the morning as it is a very popular attraction and therefore sometimes overcrowded
Written January 6, 2020
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Steve Buckley
London, UK8,573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Great Meteoran was the third of the 3 Monasteries that my wife and myself visited during our recent visit to Meteora.

It also happened to be both the oldest and largest one and - as such - attracted far more interest than the other two (St Stephen’s & Holy Trinity) we visited. It is less arduous to access than Holy Trinity (which was my personal favourite - due largely to the physical location) but each Monastry has its own appeal. Of particular interest here was the old kitchen which was amazing to see and I do wonder when this stopped operation?

All in all, the Great Meteoron proved a fitting way to end an unforgettable visit!
Written October 4, 2020
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Chris318i
Regensburg, Germany423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Impressive monastery which offers great views on Meteora. The entrance fee is more than fair and also includes the museum inside the monastery. From our point of view the Great Meteoran Monastery is definitely worth a visit!
Written July 9, 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A very impressive structure viewed from any angle, what an achievement with Middle Ages technology. A queue was starting to form when we arrived at 09.10, it opened precisely at 09.30, only one person at the ticket booth so less strict dress code applied than expected, and for those pulled aside, more time consuming. Very good inside, interesting archives in the small museum along with religious icons. The main attraction, the chapel was beautiful, every wall, ceiling, pillar, colourfully decorated with religious scenes, definitely a highlight. And viewed externally, just spellbindingly attractive.
Written July 3, 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We visited three monasteries with our local guide, and all were different. Some photographs were allowed at this monastery, but not in the sanctuaries.

We were impressed by how well-equipped the kitchen was and by the dining room which was much larger than what is needed for the small number of monks who live there today.

We entered through a nice courtyard and saw several small gardens.

From the wall we had a view of their vineyard in the valley.

I have no pictures of the inside of the sanctuaries, but they all followed the same theme:
Dark, with lots of brass.

Nearly every square inch of wall and ceiling space was covered in frescos, with Christ at the highest point.

Next, a row of drawings of the saints.

Lower down, large drawings of the martyrdom of the saints.

And below about 3 feet, geometric decorations.

Above the door was always a drawing of the crucifixion. And somewhere on another wall there was a gruesome graphic of sinners going to hell.

There was an excellent museum as well, with a collection of books, tapestries, and religious art.

And on the way out we passed through a corridor that contained art commemorating the part the monasteries played during the period of the Nazi occupation.
Written October 27, 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
As its name says the Great Meteoron is the biggest monastery in all Meteora, as well the oldest one. It is built on top of a gigantic (biggest) rock of the region in 14 c.
Like all others it requires many steps to climb to reach it, so it might not be suitable for people with mobility issues. Bear in mind that those steps were made in early 20c only - until then monks used ropes and ladders to reach it.
The Church built in 16 c in the middle of the complex is outstanding. Great views of entire area from the terrace.
Written October 4, 2021
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annaparn
Piraeus, Greece10,293 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
It is the biggest of the Meteorite Monasteries, the starting point of the organized life at Meteora. It is on the most imposing rock, occupies a commanding position. The church “Katholikon” , honored to the “Tranfiguration” was erected in the middle of 14th c. Probably one of the most interesting parts of the monastery is the sacristy which contain shelves of the skulls of the monks who have lived there over the years. It remains a true bastion of orthodox monasticism
Written January 30, 2020
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Aida G
Glasgow, UK817 contributions
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Aug 2022
The Great Meteoron, as the name suggests, is the largest and oldest monastery in Meteora. It was constructed in the 14 century on top of a massive (largest) rock in the region.
It, like all others, requires many steps to reach, making it unsuitable for people with mobility issues. Keep in mind that those steps were only built in the early twentieth century; prior to that, monks had to use ropes and ladders to get there.
The Church, built in the 16th century in the centre of the complex, is magnificent. The terrace provides excellent views of the surrounding area.
Written August 27, 2022
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
We visited here as part of an organised tour in September 2022. It was a day stop so we arrived mid morning and were given a couple of hours to explore this monastery. There are quite a few steps down and then back up to enter the complex so bear that in mind. You pay your entry fee when you get further in.

The complex itself is large but you can only see a portion of it. The setting is breathtaking, especially when you consider how they must have built these places. The vistas are good to take photos from too.

It was very busy when we were there so be prepared for that, but it's still worth it.
Written August 28, 2023
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