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Monastery of the Great Meteoron, Kalambaka

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The largest and oldest of the monasteries in Meteora, Monastery of the Great Meteoron gives insight into the former monastic way of life. The original, much smaller monastery was established about 1340 by monk St. Athanasios and was added on to St. Iosaph later. Visit the kitchen, which contains the original bread oven and soup hearth, both hundreds of years old. Look around the carpenter's workshop and cellar to get an idea of daily life for the monks who once lived here. Outside, you'll find the sacristy, where the skulls and bones of former inhabitants are gathered. Plan your Monastery of the Great Meteoron visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kalambaka using our Kalambaka vacation planner.
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  • Do you think you are, heaven! Calm, galineyeis, relax and "leave"! Unique beauty and architecture!
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  • except the long foot climbing to get to the monastery everything is has breathtaking... the view... the construction, history, paintings
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  • The meteors are a must if you are staying in Greece. A fabulous site visit weather. It's pretty physical because you must walk, climb, go down but you will leave this place with images full head and great pictures. I stayed in Athens so I devoted an entire day to see these monasteries. It is quite far from Athens: there are at least 350 kilometres. However a train runs but take patiently: no TGV, the ride go hard between 5: 00 and 6: 00... I have arranged alone: packages sold by agencies are expensive (over € 100 train + tour) the train ROUND-TRIP costs € 29.30 visiting monasteries is € 35-40 the rest this is the margin of the train departure trip agency theoretical 8 h 27, starting real 8.40 no display on the wharf, person to inform, a mess Organization = 0 points ride by train in a wagon or a compartment during the ride, I was constantly bothered by beggars, tramps, going barefoot. The train staff care completely. Train arrived with 1 h late (14 h 20 instead of 13 h 17): no excuse on the part of the company visit the monasteries in February it is the low season, so I was all alone to my visit (meteora tours), costs € 40 in minibus. The driver gibbering 3 English words, I got a 16-17 years old to me the comments in English. The site is beautiful, I have visited many monasteries (inside and outside) 14 h 20-17 h 15. We stay speechless in front of these rocky peaks back on Athens, the train arrived with 1 hour and 20 minutes late I came home happy but exhausted by the day (especially the train)
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  • Pictures of Meteora are beautiful but honestly they don't do it justice; Meteora is breathtakingly beautiful both for its natural geography and for the ancient monasteries. Be sure to stay long enough to visit some of the monasteries during the day (entrance fee charged and appropriate dress required-but they have loaners) and for the incredible sunset at night.
  • These monasteries are just incredible. The Great Meteoron Monastery has grown enough to house all of its monks and also to serve as a museum. For 3€ you can visit half of the building, 3 or 4 exhibitions inside and wander around the outside patios to be amazed by breathtaking views.
  • One of the worst place I've visited in Europe: - ridiculously crowded - it's all a business (nuns TURN OFF VOTIVE CANDLES to make other people use them again and economize!!.... no words...) - u have to pay 3 euro for person for each montastery to see almost nothing... (the church and a room or 2) - no need of long clothes, they prepared skirts and everything to get as much turists as possible.. - they open at "9.00" but u can enter way before, but if there is a micro-museum indoors u can be sure it doesn't open at 9.00!! (at 9.30 was still closed!) - we went to the bigger monastery and, only when we reached the top, we discovered that it was closed all the morning cause of a mass!! not even a sign of that!.. - the only worth thing is the landscape
  • Amazing views and architecture. You need to be dressed properly to visit monastery, but there is option to tent special cover for men and women. If you have in plans to visit Greece - keep this place as must see.
  • One of the top attractions of Greece. Unique landscape of huge sandstone rocks towering over the plain, with monasteries (initially inaccessible) on top of them. Great opportunity for beautiful photographs. Allow a few hours to visit this place. Highly recommended.