Dragon Cave

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Drakospilia cave below Varlaam monastery.
Location: Near Kalambaka
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyTectonic cave
Light: n/a
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Drakospilia cave below Varlaam monastery.
Drakospilia cave below Varlaam monastery.

Drakospilia (Cave of the Dragon) is the biggest and most prominent of all caves at Meteora.

Varlaam Monastery (also Barlaam Monastery) was named after the monk Varlaam, who built the first chapel on this rock in the 14th century. It was enlarged by two brothers from the monastery at Ioannina during the 16th century. According to legend, they had to drive away the monster who lived in a cave on the summit before they could move in.

The Drakospilia does not really fit to this legend, as it is located at the foot of the rock. It is a huge through cave which is obviously a result of a collpase. The huge blocks and the debris can be found at the foot of the rock. The cave is easy to see from the road.