Varlaam was a hermit who first lived on this pinnacle of rock about 1350, delving a few cells and building a small church to the Three Taxiarchs. In 1548 the current monastery was built under the direction of the brothers Theofanis and Nectarios Apsarades from Ioannina, who devoved their family's wealth to the project. The stairs giving access to the building were only built in 1923, breaking the centuries-old isolation of the monastery.


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