St. Stefanos Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)

This convent was founded in the 12thC, and the nuns that have retreated there are devoted to charity work and art restoration.
The actual church of St. Stefanos was built in 1350 – it’s worth exploring because of the beautiful artwork that adorns its walls. Frescos are the work of the monk Nikolaos.
Hand-carved wood artwork can be found in the monastery’s other chapels – you’ll be amazed by the level of craftsmanship and with the architecture of the buildings. If you’re a legend-maniac, you’ll be happy to know the severed head of St. Haralambous is kept in the monastery, in the church of St. Haralambous – it’s believed to be a very powerful relic that’s responsible for many miracles. If you love museums, make it a point to explore the rectory, which has been turned into a museum. Admire the gold embroideries, ancient manuscripts and important icons housed there.

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