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Varlaam Monastery

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“nearby town”(3 reviews)
Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
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Kalambaka, Greece
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All reviews closed on fridays tiny chapel nearby town main church greek history spectacular views perched high worth the climb walk around wraps stairs to climb well worth the visit take your time on the rocks long skirt magical place great meteora
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

As it is besides the great monastery. We paid this a visit . Has its own uniqueness compared to the great one

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DaveLeng
Reviewed December 3, 2018

This is a monastery well worth the small admission price. There is a small museum attached with much history to see. We enjoyed our visit greatly.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank sjsk
Reviewed December 1, 2018

Each monastery is 3 euros to visit. This one had a lot to see and we really enjoyed it. Definitely recommend paying to go inside this one.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DarDarTheRockStar
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Sprawling monastery (second largest in Meteora). Incredible main church with some truly impressive frescoes (some are not for the faint of heart). Several rooms have been turned into a museum where religious as well as day-to-day items are on display. A hospital and old kitchen...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank backpacker31
Reviewed November 21, 2018

Varlaam monastery is still in use, so come dressed appropriately. They prefer women to wear a skirt (they will provide a wrap at the ticket desk), and for men to be wearing shirts and pants (no shorts or bare chests). The views are spectacular, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lokisdottr
Reviewed November 5, 2018

The monks must really be able to meditate and pray as this is so serene and beautiful and in a way so out of this world. Entrance prices are so cheap and the place is so well kept. Go with shoulders covered and women wear...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

The Russian monastery Varlaam is a amazing place to visit,Fantastic view ,very comfortable way to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Camilla S
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Very well maintained. The monks take excellent care of the monastery. It is the 2nd oldest monastery in Varlaam and is very lovely. We were so impressed with the abilities of the monks, they are amazing!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank happy4travel
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Visited in late September on a cold gloomy day. Beautiful and very large monastery that felt like it had been thoroughly renovated therefore did not feel as genuine as St.Nikolaou for example. Beautifully maintained. We were part of the last visitors and at 4pm sharp...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sophie P
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Visited Vaarlam as part of a 3-monastery tour. Each costs 3 Euro to enter, but it's well worth it. You will not see anything like this anywhere else in the world, with monasteries built with pulley systems atop monolithic limestone more than 500 years ago....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Darcey H
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John L
April 14, 2015|
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Response from PaulNorman117 |
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
Michael D
January 6, 2015|
Response from PaulNorman117 |
There are a lot, but mostly a paved pathway with some steps, and fairly easy, until the actual monastery. About 40 to get in.