When you are walking around the historic Upper Town and the Trigoniou Tower, among them there’s another spot that you should not skip: the charming Vlatadon Monastery. This is the only Byzantine monastery that has worked incessantly until today and dates back to the 14th century. It belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Istanbul and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Besides the very interesting history of the monastery, for me, it is a place to relax and admire the view of the whole city. The monastery is located at an altitude of approximately 120 meters and during the day, when the atmosphere is clear, you can even see Mt. Olympus. You should visit the monastery on a sunny day but even better is to try to visit it on a wonderful afternoon and enjoy the unique sunset. It is certainly one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll see!