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Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora!!!! St Stephen Monastery

Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora!!!! St Stephen Monastery
The St Stephen Monastery or Agios Stefanos Monastery at Meteora is a monastery for women in the complex of six monasteries at Meteora, Greece.
The only monastery in the Meteora visible from Kalambaka, St. Stephen's was founded around 1400 and is now a nunnery. Although less spectacular than the others, it is the easiest monastery to visit and the nuns are welcoming.

History

Moni Aghiou Stefanou was founded by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene, who is thought to be a son of the Serb ruler Nicephorus II of Epirus, in c.1400.

The monastery suffered much damage in the 20th century: it was bombed during World War II and desecrated during the subsequent Civil War. In the latter period, most of the frescoes were defaced by Communist rebels.

St. Stephen's was virtually abandoned until 1961, when it became a nunnery. It is currently inhabited by 28 nuns led by Abbess Agathi Antoniou.
What to See

The old katholikon, which was rebuilt in 1545 and frescoed shortly thereafter, still stands. The new katholikon of Agiou Stefanou was built in 1798 and is currently being frescoed by a modern artist. It is dedicated to the martyred St. Charalambos, whose head it contains.

The refectory (15th century) has a surviving fresco of the Virgin in the apse. The monastery contains a small museum of vestments and other religious objects and the nuns sell handmade embroideries and other trinkets.
Getting There

St. Stephen's Monastery just outside the town of Kalambaka and easily approached thanks to a bridge from the main road. If hiking, it is 15 minutes along the path from Agios Triadhos. The trail towards Kalambaka from St. Stephen's is unused and dangerous; use the Agios Triadhos route instead.

Kostas Papantoniou, Kalena Reyna, Sevdalı kalem, yokopakumayoko Francesco and 118 other people have particularly liked this photo


116 comments - The latest ones
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Great perspective, tones and atmosphere. A timeless history
4 years ago.
Janet Ulliott
Janet Ulliott
Beautiful Clear Image,
Well Taken.
4 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Very well done!
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Splendid !!! GREAT capture friend ! Have an enjoyable time !!!
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Stunning monastery! Great shot!
4 years ago.
Agusza
Agusza
Fantastyczne!
4 years ago.
Surfin Chef
Surfin Chef
Great shot and amazing location ... I hesitate to see how inaccessible the others are lol
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Absolutely amazing!!!! Fantastic shot, stunning monastary!!! Incredible!:)
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Spectacular photo.
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Wonderful place and a superb photo, Peter.
4 years ago.
OCS
OCS
Fantastic capture!
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: The Museum
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: LANDSCAPES 4U
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Seen in: Historical & Architectural Gems ( Gemmes historiques et architecturales )
4 years ago.
Sergio Locatelli
Sergio Locatelli
Dear Peter your photos are wonderful and the descriptions interesting and comprehensive. I would love to visit this beautiful monastery!
Thank you for sharing it, happy evening dear friend.
4 years ago.
Clofotos
Clofotos
Superbe prise de vue !
4 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Great image!
4 years ago.
Daddy
Daddy
Superbe Magnifique mon ami Peter (:-))
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
Superb Peter - an enchanting and magical place indeed!

Happy Friday to you - be happy!
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
Great views, both pictures!
4 years ago.
ecolour
ecolour
This is an amazing image along with a very interesting history. Thanks for sharing , Peter !!
4 years ago.
Petra
Petra
Yes, this is really a fantastic place to be and to visit!

Thank you for your visits and kind comments.
Much appreciated!!
4 years ago.
La Luna
La Luna
What elegance and beauty - love the light....nice work...
4 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
WOW!..Amazing shot!
Great picture!
Love it!
4 years ago.
Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul
Superbly captured, Peter, that's a splendid view!
4 years ago.
Costas Kaounas
Costas Kaounas
όμορφη εικόνα Πέτρο. Καλημέρα!!
4 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
What a wonderful building!
4 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
nice monastery!
4 years ago.
* Didier 85 *
* Didier 85 *
Beautiful place !
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Amazing place beautifully captured. Thanks for all the info too!
4 years ago.
milvavr
milvavr
awesome shot!!
4 years ago.
Eefje
Eefje
An impressive view and history!
4 years ago.
Xata
Xata
Fantásticos mosteiros, agradecida por nos mostrar!
4 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
www.ipernity.com/group/332973
4 years ago.
Gérard B
Gérard B
Superbe.
4 years ago.
Darwinsweep
Darwinsweep
Great shot and interesting history.
4 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Having another look :-))

Great weekend to you Peter.
4 years ago.
Gianni.Elia
Gianni.Elia
:-)
ADMIRED in 4U
4 years ago.
Maria Zarębska
Maria Zarębska
Absolutely fantastic !!!
4 years ago.
Gerda
Gerda
Wonderful shot and interesting informations. The nons must have a fantastic view over this panorama.
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Wonderful setting for a monastery and great notes, thanks!
4 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
wonderful Peter!
great pov
4 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Excelente
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
GREAT ! Good evening from city beautiful Chandigarh !!! Have an enjoyable time !
4 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
Stunning shot, totally drawn in
4 years ago.
Christiane
Christiane
A fantastic place !
... and a wonderful photograph ! ******
Have a nice week end, Peter.
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Interesting historical St. Stephen Monastery !

Seen in : The MUSEUM
4 years ago.
Concetta Caracciolo
Concetta Caracciolo
Una foto meravigliosa !!!!!
4 years ago.
Angela Parker
Angela Parker
Wonderful image!!
4 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
Spectacular image and very interesting notes. Well presented Peter.
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
Magnificent...
4 years ago.
Barra1man (Leaving )
Barra1man (Leaving )
A terrific shot of the monastery, Peter! Great composition.
Have a wonderful weekend!
4 years ago.
Jeanne
Jeanne
belle visite il est tres beau ce monastère
4 years ago.
Noel Perez
Noel Perez
nice shot and explanation
4 years ago.
Geoff. McElwaine
Geoff. McElwaine
Looks like a fascinating place. Really cannot understand how they managed to erect such a large building on this difficult site. And all ' by hand ' - no mechanical equipment, etc.
4 years ago.
vero
vero
une photo d'art, unique au monde ce monastère dans la roche, c'est extraordinaire,
un très grand patrimoine historique véro amts
4 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
rocks among the rocks...
just great !
4 years ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Truly spectacular!! Amazing place and scene!! Excellent capture and information as well..
Thanks for sharing:)
4 years ago.
Soeradjoen
Soeradjoen
Great view on this impressive building.
4 years ago.
Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts
Fantastic image.
4 years ago.
Kathleen Thorpe
Kathleen Thorpe
Excellent pov; superb composition! This is a beautiful piece of architecture. What a shame it was desecrated!
4 years ago.
~Roxanne~
~Roxanne~
Impressive image!
4 years ago.
Ostseeleuchte
Ostseeleuchte
Fantastic view - absolutely amazing!!!
Excellent shot!
4 years ago.
Jenny Downing
Jenny Downing
wow - what a place!
thanks for your visit btw
4 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
A fabulous build. No place for sleep-walkers. Great photography.
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Impressive place and the stripe on the rock is cool too
4 years ago.
Bruno B
Bruno B
Quand la nature se charge de mettre un frein à la tentation...Une photo remarquable!!
4 years ago.
William Skelly
William Skelly
An amazing building ! .
4 years ago.
Zulma
Zulma
Feels like a mirage!! Wonderful!! Amazing!! Great beauty in such a unique location.
4 years ago.
Bram van Broekhoven
Bram van Broekhoven
Beautiful place and very nice photo
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Magnificent ! Good morning friend !!! GREAT capture ! Compliments !!! Enjoy Sunday !!!!
4 years ago.
Pete Foley
Pete Foley
Fantastic capture, and some great info as well
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Fantastic capture !!
4 years ago.
Juan
Juan
this is sturning !!
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
Beautifully composed. Love all the textures in the rock.
4 years ago.
Sabrina Kemkes
Sabrina Kemkes
Great image !!!!
4 years ago.
sergioesse
sergioesse
Beautiful shot.
4 years ago.
Eve
Eve
Cet endroit est magnifique.
Belle prise.
Merci pour les commentaires.
Bonne soirée Peter!
4 years ago.
Joke Hulst
Joke Hulst
Incredible place.. fantastic view, photo !!
4 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
very well taken, Peter! amazing monastery. Have been there many years ago.... great to see it again!!
4 years ago.
Maria
Maria
Beautiful shot of the monastery. Well done!
4 years ago.
Maryvonne
Maryvonne
Magnifique
4 years ago.
Cheeseplease
Cheeseplease
What an amazing place with an incedible view.
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
Hi Peter..:))
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Congrats !!!! GREAT ! Excellent Composition friend ! Have an enjoyable time !
4 years ago.
Bruno Suignard
Bruno Suignard
superb place!!!************************
4 years ago.
Agnès
Agnès
Fantastique!!
4 years ago.
Rafa
Rafa
Fantastica
4 years ago.
Ana
Ana
Es increíble la belleza del lugar....
4 years ago.
Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel
Fabulous!
4 years ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
A remarkable view of a beautiful Monastery. Great capture, Peter.
4 years ago.
Be Sopha
Be Sopha
Intéressant !
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
What an amazing place. Thanks for the background information.
4 years ago.
Claudio Sinibaldi
Claudio Sinibaldi
Beautiful Peter!
4 years ago.
~ MCJ
~ MCJ
AWesome photos. great history!
4 years ago.
Bee Nee
Bee Nee
Amazing!! What a view the nuns can enjoy every day!
4 years ago.
Fr@nk Eiche
Fr@nk Eiche
Sehr gut gemacht, gefällt mir !*****
4 years ago.
honeyj
honeyj
so cool
4 years ago.
Alessio Corsi
Alessio Corsi
Una serie davvero spettacolare! Un luogo pieno di fascino magistralmente ripreso. Complimenti, buona serata!
4 years ago.