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Varlaam Monastery

Kalambaka, Greece
0432/22-277
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Historic Varlaam Monastery in Meteora takes effort to reach, but worth it

With initial use about 1350 by monks, the monastery built here was originally reached by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scouter710
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
Takes about 160 Steps up to see this exquisite site

We were with a tour to visit Varlaam Monastery and it takes about 160 Steps up to the entrance and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
TravelGlober
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New York City, New York
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Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“fewer steps” (3 reviews)
“tiny chapel” (4 reviews)
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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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0432/22-277
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"closed on fridays"
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"fewer steps"
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"tiny chapel"
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"nearby town"
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"walk around"
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"wraps"
in 3 reviews
"perched high"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 3 reviews
"spectacular views"
in 7 reviews
"greek history"
in 3 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 5 reviews
"take your time"
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"on the rocks"
in 3 reviews
"dress code"
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"few steps"
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"magical place"
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"great meteora"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With initial use about 1350 by monks, the monastery built here was originally reached by scaffolding and later rope ladders. In 1923, they cut 195 steps into the rock to make it easier to visit. The church building and icons are impressive. There is a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were with a tour to visit Varlaam Monastery and it takes about 160 Steps up to the entrance and the steps are not steep at all. We were being informed that there are 5 active monastery left where monks and nuns live and this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of the frescoes here were painted by Francos Katalanos in the mid 16C. They are moving and beautifully done, Byzantine frescoes that shoe emotion, movement and devotion.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to get to visit a monastery perched high up on rock. It's almost impossible to imagine how the monks managed before the steps were put in. It's well worth taking the time to visit a monastery while you're in the area.

Thank crosswycke
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the monasteries this was our favorite - and not just because it had fewer steps!! Beautiful view...we went early, which was a good idea. Ladies, wear a skirt...

Thank harlemfamily
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All of the monasteries in Meteora are breathtaking! It is possible to see all in one day if you start out early.

Thank scarpen04
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I only had a few hours to visit the various monasteries, so we chose to see Varlaam and we're glad we did. Start with the breathtaking views OF the monastery (monasteries) as you drive through the mountains, add the views FROM the...More

Thank kemoszabe
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the guidebook and seeing that there were 195 steps I was a little worried about getting to the top. The reviews here helped to put me at ease. Yes there are steps, they are hand railings and are even steps that are paved....More

Thank barbershopchick
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful view . Easy 10minutes hike up from the bus parking area. lots of photo spots perfect for IG.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Varlaam Monastery has a ancient barrel lift device that has been electrified. We watched in fascination as barrels of dirt were pulled 12+ stories up by a rope. Tourists climb the steps. We also enjoyed seeing the wooden ceiling being painted in the traditional way....More

Thank Maria G
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Darcey H
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Response from Troglodyte75 | Reviewed this property |
Kinda cheap actually. Less than five euros by monastery.
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