Things to Do in Kalambaka

Things to Do in Kalambaka, Greece - Kalambaka Attractions

Things to Do in Kalambaka

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  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands828 contributions
    This monastery is the mightiest of the 6 beautiful monasteries of Meteora. It is the biggest and oldest one and it is very nice to walk around. It let you see rooms of the kitchen and more. There is a real chapel and paintings and statues. The view is the highlight of the monastery and you can see a lot! It is so impressive to be here and a big recommendation for whole Greece. Never skip this area and especially not this monastery. It is very very special and so worth it.
    Written January 12, 2022
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  • ModerationForMe
    Charleston, SC462 contributions
    This was a totally beautiful place to visit. We spent a very misty evening, and a sunny morning in the area. It was great to see Meteora in two different weather times. It's just such a beautiful place. I would love to go back and do some hiking.
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
    We visited three monasteries with a local guide, and it made for a full morning. The secret is being there early, when they open, to be ahead of the crowds. We visited this one first and spent the most time here.

    There are immitted areas where photographs are allowed. They are not permitted in the sanctuaries. This monastery was especially bright because we learned from our guide that the frescos were cleaned only a few months before our visit.

    We were able to walk to the monastery by climbing about 175 steps, which were constructed in 1927. Before the stairs, visitors sat in a net and were winched up. Nervous visitors would often ask when the rope was last replaced. The monks, who had a sense of humor, would reply that they only replaced the rope when it broke.

    Our guide explained that during the many centuries when Greece was under Ottoman rule, it was against the law to ring a bell or chime to call people to Christian worship. Greeks got around that by striking a board, or metal rings. We saw examples of them in most of the monasteries we visited.

    There was no well up here, so their only drinking water was rainwater collected in a cistern. When that ran short, they had to drink the wine from the last harvest. The cask was huge!

    This monastery had an excellent museum. Display cases contained crosses in silver and gold, silk tapestries with gold and silver threads, and fine vestments.

    There were also a lot of secular as well as religious books which the monasteries were able to protect during the Ottoman occupation.
    Written October 27, 2021
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  • 73journey
    Niantic, CT140 contributions
    I can't do justice with words to the incredible monasteries of this region. Plan to be awestruck for a day or two. The Monastery of St. Nicklaus is the lesser travelled but best little find on our journey. Be prepared to climb stairs.
    Written July 13, 2021
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  • bjnsteve
    Aurora, CO23 contributions
    This was a terrific little unplanned stop in Kalambaka before we headed to the monasteries. Great dioramas and extremely courteous and helpful staff.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • lilalo2018
    Alloa, UK8 contributions
    very informative and well presented, it explains everything about the formation of Meteora, I suggest you visit the museum first and then go to the monasteries...it's clean, modern and FREE .....very helpfull staff, they gave us extra information
    Written August 20, 2018
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  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
    We found this to be the easiest to visit. There were 300 steps, but they were downhill because our driver was able to drop us off in the parking lot at the top. We walked down to the monastery with our guide, then down to the lower parking lot where he waited for us.

    This is the most photographed monastery. It even played a role in a James Bond movie.

    It is the only one that is now a convent, and it is the smallest.

    Visitors did not have to swing in a net to visit here. They just climbed a ladder. Most of the time it hung in the air, but when guests arrived, the ladder was dropped down another 30 feet to the ground. Not sure which I would have preferred.

    There is a small church that came first, the monastery was built around it.

    Not to stereotype, but the nuns had much prettier gardens.
    Written October 27, 2021
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  • Dan R
    Herzliya, Israel574 contributions
    Spectacular location. A monument of great historical and religious significance. Easier access among all Meteora monasteries. Well maintained, good explanations at the entry. Fabulous views around.
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • Alison L S
    Springfield, MA782 contributions
    Approached by a very long flight of stairs with good balustrades most of the way. Stairs are shaded by lovely trees. Women must wear a skirt of scarf covering their knees. (Attractive scarves are sold at the ticket booth for a reasonable price.) Final approach is up wooden stairs and over a wooden bridge. The visiting area is relatively small. The foyer gives out onto a beautiful balcony with spectacular views. You realize you are perched high above the world. A few very interesting pieces of religious art are displayed in the next room. The chapel is constructed of dark wood intricately carved with religious scenes. Gorgeous!
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL663 contributions
    This monastery is built into the rock rather than on top of it so it has a unique appearance. Be sure to go inside and see the elaborately frescoed church as well as great views of other monasteries.
    Written October 9, 2021
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  • Callum M
    1 contribution
    An absolute gem of a museum - any fans of graphic design/print will be delighted by the beautiful and extensive collection of illustrated books they have on display here! A fabulous and informative tour from our guide Katherine, who was funny, engaging and generally sound. We spent ~1.5 hours here and loved every second 🤘
    Written April 28, 2022
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  • Sunny A
    Greece61 contributions
    Very old, with some unusual features that were pointed out to us by our guide Chris. For me, the most interesting part were the spolia (parts of an earlier temple of Apollo that were cannibalised, or upcycled (depending on your viewpoint).
    Written March 31, 2022
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  • Jindrich M
    Plzen577 contributions
    The church is very quiet and peaceful place. The most astonishing thing is inside – amazing byzantine frescoes all over. Entrance was 2€.
    Written September 23, 2018
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  • Mike X
    Chicago, IL1,867 contributions
    It's free and probably fun for the kids. We just walked up and they started the movie for us since no one else was around. Does give you some background about the monasteries and how the area was formed but not too indepth.
    Written May 25, 2021
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  • itzibitzi
    zurich427 contributions
    It is very special to look at things which up to 130'ooo years old!
    One can hardly believe it. Not understanding that much about history nor about archeology both of us were still very thrilled to the age of the item we were seeing
    Written July 4, 2016
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