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Great Meteoron Monastery

1,409 Reviews

Great Meteoron Monastery

1,409 Reviews
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If you’re planning a day trip to Meteora from Athens, your time in Meteora will be limited. Other than fastidiously researching each monastery in advance, having a guide on hand is the most realistic way to guarantee you’ll actually get to see three of the famous monasteries during your half-day in the area. With this full-day excursion from Athens, rest assured that you’ll actually get to share in the wonder of Meteora - instead of risking whittling away all your time as you try to overcome poor planning and logistics.
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Steve B wrote a review Oct. 2020
London, United Kingdom4,229 contributions447 helpful votes
Great Meteoran was the third of the 3 Monasteries that my wife and myself visited during our recent visit to Meteora. It also happened to be both the oldest and largest one and - as such - attracted far more interest than the other two (St Stephen’s & Holy Trinity) we visited. It is less arduous to access than Holy Trinity (which was my personal favourite - due largely to the physical location) but each Monastry has its own appeal. Of particular interest here was the old kitchen which was amazing to see and I do wonder when this stopped operation? All in all, the Great Meteoron proved a fitting way to end an unforgettable visit!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Irina G wrote a review Aug. 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom23 contributions3 helpful votes
Obviously, there are amazing views there: from the outside and the inside of the monastery. The highlights are: the Old Kitchen, Cathedral and the terrace leading to it, with the old Christian gongs, which resemble the Buddist gongs. There is also a nice information display on the wall next to the gift shop about ancient philosophers and their connection with Christianity, with a good selection of quotes from them. Unfortunately you cannot use the card payment anywhere in Meteora monasteries due to problem with connection or simply lack of the equipment in some places. So, make sure you have enough cash with you. The tour guides are all around the place, and they are very noisy and dogmatic-sound-like. I was really sorry for those, who were stack to listen to their “preachings” on the meaning of Christian life... The cathedral is full of stories of different Christian martyrs, depicted on the walls with great details, such that my partner’s first reaction was: “Is it a horror movie here?”... Surely for monks many years ago these stories had a great sense of meaning... The history of the monastery and some of their artefacts are on display in the small monastery museum, and they include manuscripts, scribes writings, texts in Arabic, ( without any kind of English translation or references available) and also drawings of the monks, and even exquisite silk embroidery from abroad.. Unfortunately no photo allowed inside. The outside terrace has a breathtaking views of the Kastraki village and Kalambaka town down below, and of the nearby monastery of Varlam and Roussanou located on the different rocks. We did not see any one monk during our visit to the Great Meteoron monastery. The transportation from downtown to up any of six monasteries cost around €10 one way, (and the same price for coming back). There are little gift shops outside of every monastery and local merchants are happy to call taxi drivers, (who are perhaps their neighbours, friends or family members) to order the taxi for you. You can also see a great sunset from above the rocks, and the local taxi driver will be willing to wait there with you for the entire payment for the return trip, of 20€ In total, ( including assistance to take a memorable picture of your visit).
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Date of experience: August 2020
In-Yong H wrote a review Aug. 2020
London, United Kingdom658 contributions118 helpful votes
All the monasteries in Meteora are amazing, and since this was the first one we visited, it was one that left a big impression on us. The frescoes are lovely and the chapel is gorgeous. There is also a small exhibit on the part the monasteries played in the Greek fight for independence, complete with old posters. As with other monasteries, remember to keep to the dress code and have a mask ready to comply with Covid regulations.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Ellvira23 wrote a review Aug. 2020
Milan, Italy103 contributions81 helpful votes
Amazing place! It is really incredible how people were building and reaching such places without the help of the modern machinery. Incredible view of the surrounding valley and mountains and other monasteries.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Khris wrote a review Feb. 2020
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The best of all the monasteries!!!the greatest! have wonderfull museums in wich you can learn manny important informations about the greek orthodoxisme..of course me,in order to find as manny things i could ..i visited the monasteries with the help of a transfer firme from Kalampaka,"Meteora-tour" ;they provide me with a perfect team:driver and tour guide for5hours..and after this i eat a super tasty meal at Panelinion restaurant(musaka,salad and spicy-lamb/cooked in the oven)... was amazing everything.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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