Varlaam Monastery
Varlaam Monastery
4.5
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Founded in 1517, this monastery houses a valuable collection of Byzantine relics.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It is beautiful and contains a small, but informative, museum which has the information about the life in a monastery and the history of it. Paintings are fabulous. The view is spectacular!
Written 15 April 2024
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Alex F
The Villages, FL1,526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This monastery was founded/built in the 15th hundreds. Located on top of a natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders. These rocks formation are located near the town of Kalabaka, region of Trikala.
Written 9 April 2024
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Relax39416006467
Cooper City, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It was an amazing experience. As a tip, if going driving, you are able to park and climb the stairs. Get there before the excursion buses arrive to avoid the crown or after 2:00 p.m. We got there at 10:00 am and there were many people. We left at 1:30 pm and at that time, there was more parking space.
Written 16 October 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
One of the bigger monasteries to visit, beautiful walk to get to entrance, doable for most people as it's a nice steady climb. once in Varlaam Monastery the detail is amazing with artwork and Architectual design, it does blow your mind how they built these building on cliffs centuries ago!!

The outside area of Monastery is stunning with brilliant views overlooking the valley. probably my favorite one i visited.
Written 2 October 2023
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
There are 120 steps you must climb to access the monastery.
Once you get there, you are greeted with fabulous views and a very nice monastery.
One interesting feature is the rope hoist that is used to get large loads up to the monastery.
Written 16 September 2023
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Olga Olga
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
Side business if the Holy place.

After many hours of visiting several monasteries
finally we ,the two ladies not very young,came to the monastery of St. Varlaam.The monastery looked grandiose from the outside.A long serpentine staircase carved into the rock led to it.
Despite being very tired, we decided to go up to the monastery, impressed by its magnificent appearance. In a hurry, we left money and pareos in the car.It was two o'clock in the afternoon, the hottest time. Languishing from the heat, we overcame the ascent of numerous steps. Only at the entrance we suddenly realized that we had left money in the car and scraped through our pockets the necessary money for tickets. But that was not the end of the story. Then three hefty guys did not let us in, demanding to buy skirts from them to enter the monastery, since we were wearing trousers. I must say that in other monasteries there were no problems with this, skirts were provided free of charge. So, it looked like an outright robbery. The monastery received its rightful entry fee, and the gatekeepers decided to cash in on the ill-informed female visitors. Was the leadership of the monastery aware of their side business, or was it a share with them? In any case, the whole story looked unattractive. Moreover, my mother almost had a heart attack after everything.
I think that the leadership of the monastery should reconsider its approach to this issue, not take advantage of the ignorance of visitors and provide skirts for women to enter, as all other monasteries do.
LADIES,KEEP IN MIND- the monastery TAKES A FEE FOR ENTRY.
Written 10 July 2023
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TripRabbit
Virginia402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This was not in our initial plan; like most other Meteora monasteries, Varlaam takes some climbing to reach. But once we saw it from a nearby viewpoint, we felt even with some limitations to our climbing abilities, this was a doable destination, and indeed it was. A lot of the climbing is gradual; the steps themselves are not high and they are generally even.

So up we went with no problems until we met a bit of a surprise at the entrance gate. Like the other Meteora monasteries, women are required to don a long skirt over their own apparel while visiting, even if arriving in pants. And here, if you do not bring your own maxi, you will pay. Literally. €3.50 on top of admissions for a skirt. That differs from at least one other monastery, St. Stephen, were skirts are offered at no charge while you visit.

Varlaan does not top the lists of most spectacular Meteora monasteries, but there is plenty to see here, and as always, amazing views. It is most worthwhile, and even for people with somewhat creaky knees, quite accessible.
Written 30 May 2023
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thomasdefise93
Arlon, Belgium104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
As we were visiting Meteora monasteries on a Wednesday we did :
1) Varlaam
2) Great Meteoron
3) Rousanos

Varlaam is nice to start as it’s one of the « main » monastery at Meteora next to Great Meteoron and Holy Trinity.
As it’s one of the « main » one, it’s nice to go there early, at 9 AM, and then go to Great Meteoron which opens at 9 AM 30 and is located at 10 min by walk.
Access is quite easy compared to some others

It took us 1 hour in order to visit it.
It can be visited within 30 minutes, but as they are a lot of guides, if you stay a few minutes at a point place, there is huge likelihood that a guide will pass with his group in order to catch one part of the explanation that may be interesting
Written 11 May 2023
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This was the second monastery we visited.
The Fresco and barrel room were good, views from the monastery were ok.

But if you were to go to the observation deck - this would be one of the more beautiful monastery backgrounds you can have.

One of the few monasteries that charged ladies for a skirt - recommend carrying one with you.

Entry fee is 3pp.

Definitely a monastery you want in your picture in the background.

It has great observation deck 10mins away from the monastery to take pictures - works as a great sunset spot.
Written 25 January 2023
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Questovia
Wells, ME1,171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I really loved this monastery and would climb those stairs daily to enjoy the incredible view and the peaceful patio area. The church as very descriptive frescoes and the woodworking is quite beautiful. A definite favorite.
Written 2 November 2022
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