St. Stephen’s Monastery, Meteora, Greece

St. Stephen’s Monastery (nunnery) on the Holy rock of Saint Stefanos includes two cathedrals; the old 16th century chapel which was severely damaged during WWII and the consequent Greek Civil War, and the 18th century main cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Charalambos. It includes his holy relics (His head). The monastery was virtually abandoned till 1961. It was accidentally discovered in the plundered and ruined state by some herders. It got converted to a nunnery after that. The second cathedral is being frescoed by a modern artist, a hagiographer (a painter that specializes in the study of saints). There is a small museum which displays Aristotle’s works, robes, old bibles, cross and more. The nunnery is being run by around 30 nuns.St. Stephen’s Monastery is the only monastery visible from the town Kalambaka. And for all pilgrims and tourists who can’t climb long flight of stairs, this monastery is a boon. The interiors are almost same in all monasteries. It is the easiest of the 5 to access with just a bridge to crossover. And since this is the easiest to access, this nunnery is the most crowded one too. It was hard to find space to stand in the gift shop and browse through the beautiful stuffs. I found the nuns here very helpful; one English speaking nun took all efforts to explain the story of these monasteries to us.

This monastery had ample space around it and they have maintained beautiful garden. They have good toilet facilities too. Tourists were spilling on to this place after touring the interiors. Amazing views of the cathedrals, view of Kalambaka town and the scenery all around. I am sure this monastery has the highest attendance of tourists; the nuns here know what makes tourists happy.!

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View of Kalambaka town

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