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Varlaam Monastery

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“tiny chapel”(4 reviews)
Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
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Kalambaka, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of my favourites of the monasteries we visited while at Meteora. The view across the rest of Meteora is wonderful and the gardens are just lovely.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you only get to visit one of the monasteries, choose this one. It is easily accessible but also offers breathtaking view. The monastery itself has a very interesting history and unique beauty! It also has a small museum, which is worth a visit, and...More

1  Thank Sofia P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you want to visit the monastery to pray or learn about Greek history or just admire the view, it ιs a really unique place and a jaw-droping experience. There is a ticket to enter the monastery (Greeks don't pay!) and you could see the...More

Thank Santwno
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting the whole Meteora complex must be on your to do list, but which monastery you'll visit depends also on the day you're there. Today, there are six monasteries left, and each of them isn't working one particular day during the week. On Tuesday, day...More

1  Thank B1714D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular in every possible way ! A must see to appreciate the hardship of the monks to create something so amazing inside and out !

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Among the most famous monasteries in meteora. It is big and packed with tourists. The staff is unfriendly and there is no way of understanding what you see inside. The views are aazing and the place is beautiful.

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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

This place is full of history. The location is amazing. The stairs up to it aren't too difficult. Hard to imagine how the place was built but fascinating to see how things were brought up from below with a net

1  Thank fozjon
Reviewed 31 July 2018

I chose to go up Varlaam and managed the steps just fine. The most interesting part was the old windlass and pulley system that used to bring supplies and monks up and down from the bottom. The views were to die for but really the...More

Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The monastery itself is beautiful, but I kind of think some of the magic is in the fact that you have to go on a serious trek to get there. My 2 5 year olds and 7 year old chugged all the way to the...More

1  Thank DofDenver
Reviewed 12 July 2018

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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Darcey H
16 May 2018|
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Response from Troglodyte75 | Reviewed this property |
Kinda cheap actually. Less than five euros by monastery.
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John L
15 April 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
6 January 2015|
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There are a lot, but mostly a paved pathway with some steps, and fairly easy, until the actual monastery. About 40 to get in.