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Monastery of Varlaam | Meteora | Unesco World Heritage Monument

Updated: Apr 28

It 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.

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


The 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.

Varlaam Monastery during a Misty Day - Photo by: iStock.com | 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 monastery's katholikon was built in 1541.

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


The oldest hagiographies 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. Varlaam monastery is widely known also for its significant file.


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