Varlaam Monastery, Kalambaka

4.8
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  • past the bridge, there are not too many stairs to climb. The large courtyard with the kiosk, the reception room, the double church, the very nice museum in the basement with the little film about monastic life in 1924, the very well-stocked souvenir shop (better than the Great Meteor but more expensive), the cellar and the room winch, everything is beautiful in Varlaam. One regret, the filthy toilets whose smell made us recoil.
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  • One of the two best monasteries to tour, and one of the most beautiful to photograph, by its walls built as continuity of the rock walls. The same rules are worth for everyone, the same value for entry and dress codes (non-muscular and long skirts for women). Beyond the monastery itself, the courtyards and views of the surroundings are wonderful. The buildings warm, by the combination of stone, wood and some plants. Recommended the sacristy officiating museum with antiques related to Byzantine sacred art. Closes on Fridays.
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  • Just incredible. Most of the Monasteries have been cleaned and repaired so do not have the ancient, crumbling aura one might expect. Slightly sanitised due to the constant touristic bombardments. But the Chapel and paintings are phenomenal, history incredible and the views are breathtaking
  • I was visited many years before, but now I just wondering how precise they fully renovated the Monastery! The athmosphere and the view is so amazing that in words indescribable! Just recommend to anybody to put on travel destination. I'm sure that I will visit it in my life. For believers sure, and perhaps for non believers a little bit more recommended😊
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