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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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  • If you are visiting Greece then definitely put this on your bucket list. The monasteries in Meteora are really beautiful and very unique since they are perched up on these rock formations. We booked o...  more »
  • Explanations and stories that can give the guides who conduct these tours, but for those who appreciate art are very interesting. It is admirable that these paintings are preserved in such good condition.
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  • a large Meteor Monastery-the largest of the 7 monasteries of Meteora. To go to it, you have to overcome almost 300 steps. But what you find is worth your effort!
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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.