Monastery of St. Stephen
The towering rocks of Meteora are home to several Greek Orthodox monasteries. Because of serenity and isolation, monks started building monasteries on top of rocks in the 14th century. Back in the 16th century, there were 24 monasteries. Now they have dwindled to six active monasteries, and all of them are open to the public. Of the six, two of them are nunneries.
The images shows the Monastery of St.Stephen, which is one of the six active monasteries. This monastery was bombed during World War II by the Nazis and was almost destroyed. It was rebuilt and made into a nunnery. The other five monasteries are:
- Monastery of Russano – Nunnery
- Monastery of Varlaana
- Monastery of Great Meteoron – Male monks only. Also know as Holy Monastery of Transfiguration and Monastery of Metamorfossis
- Monastery of Saint Nicholos Anapafsas
- Monastery of Aghia Triada (Holy Trinity) – Male monks only
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