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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