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. To visit Monastery of the Great Meteoron and other attractions in Kalambaka, use our Kalambaka trip itinerary planner .
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  • In the hotel we were recommended to go up first thing in the morning (to avoid the agglomerations) and walking along the path that there is once past the parking of the monastery Agios NiKolaos. There is room to park 2-3 cars. The climb is very bearable through the forest. It takes half an hour and it's not hard, it climbs cunningly. The trail is paved and has no loss. Too bad it's hardly used. As a reward for the effort, the monastery. Spectacular chapel, fantastic views and other curious surprises. Yes, women who do not wear a long dress or skirt, have to wear a skirt. Hormbres with bare shoulders must also be covered for access.
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  • Bird nests equal to crackling monasteries on high rocks, well equipped and preserved, an attraction that is second to none.
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  • Outstanding experience and quide explained history of monastry very well. Paintings and all the other stuff in monastry were very interesting! Worth to climb a few stairs. Quite grouded even in May  more »
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  • An amazing place I cannot wait to visit again. Avoid buying things from the carts outside besides good and drink. They do not reflect the monastery itself which has a small gift shop so you can contribute to the monastery
  • This is a place u don't want to miss out on! Was there in September not that crowded and hot as in the high season.. the Sunset was amazing and calmness was great not many people.
  • The monastery is beautiful! I recommend going in April or early May to beat the crowds. The bathroom is a bit gross. As a UNESCO site and it being up on a rock, it is not handicap accessible. It is fun to hike to, and the wildflowers in Spring are beautiful.
  • Stunning view and a life changing experience. I would definitely recommend it during the winter time. ( If you are a photographer and you want to bring a drone you must take permission from CAA )
  • it's the oldest and largest of the six still open to visitors. Founded within the 14th century, it showcases the skulls of the monks who lived there over the years. I went during Winter in which a few places were closed due to reconstruction. It closed at 2pm during the winter season. Cost: 3 euros.
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