Varlaam Monastery, Meteora

Varlaam Monastery,this is the 2nd oldest of the 7 active monasteries of Meteora. It is not very difficult to access. Few steep steps and as you crossing the bridge was like crossing over to peace and holiness.A tiny chapel was first constructed here on this peak in 14th century by an ascetic monk Varlaam. Reading about how he climbed this peak in 1350 and built not one but three chapels, a cell for himself and a water tank gives goose bumps. After his death, all these lay abandoned. In 1517 two priest monks founded this monastery which exists in good condition till today. Monasteries were used to escape and hide from invaders. They built a cathedral and a tower. Records mention it took 22 years to haul up all the building materials to top of the peak.

The room, basket chamber, which had machinery to lower baskets tied to ropes is preserved well. There is a small museum which displays religious artifacts. I got interesting views as I leaned over the railings from here.

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22 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    how pretty. i especially like the shot with the benches.

  2. It's posts like this that make me want to travel. 🙂

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Ah, thanks again for reminding me of my time in Greece!! Marvelous captures of a beautiful place!! I love the over view!!

  4. Gail Dixon says:

    Amazing what could be built centuries ago with the little tools they had. Fascinating!

  5. Looks beautiful, nice shots.

  6. Beautiful place..equally well captured..

  7. Uppal says:

    Impressive Structures! How much human hands can accomplish!!!

  8. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so serene and beautiful!

  9. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, this monastery is beautiful. It is amazing to see these lovely buildings from so long ago. Wonderful post and photos. Happy weekend!

  10. Jeevan says:

    Truly amazing and well preserved monastery! Very beautiful photos, quite picturesque…

  11. Carver says:

    What a fantastic place to explore and photograph.

  12. Murthy says:

    Beautiful captures indeed.

  13. Looks beautiful In. Lucky you to have visited it 🙂

  14. It's so beautiful and vibrant.

  15. Such gorgeous pics!! The first one takes my breath away, I exaggerate not. <3

  16. Mridula says:

    It looks so peaceful and beautiful! Thanky ou for showing this side of Greece.

  17. Awesome pics , especially Bridge one !

  18. Simply beautiful and lovely to see.

  19. Nice one… I like the one with railway line outhouse..

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