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Monastery of Varlaam | Meteora | A Top Unesco World Heritage Monument

Updated: Mar 6


George Papadellis | SG Head

Moni Varlaam is a mens' monastery on the top of a steep rock, one of the six still operating in the area of Meteora, which were nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments in 1988.

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Monastery of Varlaam with a View to Meteora Rocks and Kalambaka City - Photo by: ID 163827158 © Zdeněk Matyáš |

The Varlaam Monastery was created in the beginning of the 16th century. However it was named from the eremite Varlaam who lived on the rock in the 14th century. It was organized by the brothers Nektarios and Theofanis from Epirus, the so-called Apsarades, at the beginning of the 16th century.

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Varlaam Monastery Greece during a Misty Day - Photo by: | NelaKa

In 1518, the chapel of the Three Hierarchs, which had been built by Varlaam, was renovated, while in 1536 the tower of brizonion was built. The katholikon of the Varlaam Monastery Meteora was built in 1541.

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Close Shot of the Monastery of Varlaam - Photo by: NikosFF, 38. Moni Varlaam Meteoron GR-E44-0012, CC BY-SA 4.0

The oldest hagiographies of Varlaam Monastery were made by Frango Katelanos in 1548. The intermediate ones were painted by the hagiographers Georgios and Frangos Kontaris in 1566. The most recent ones date from 1780. The Varlaam Monastery in Meteora Greece is widely known also for its significant file.


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The huge barrel of water and the net with which the monks used to go up and down the rocks is something you have never seen before...


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