The Monastery of St. Stephen is a lovely convent at Meteora and one of the most accessible sites in these unusual mountains. The Monastery has a parking lot that can accommodate motor coaches and only requires walking across a short bridge from the land mass to the top of the rock on which the convent sits. Some of the other monasteries require climbing many steps to reach the top. Once through the portals with their spiked doors, visitors who are not modestly dressed have to put on long wrap skirts and blouses before being admitted.
Every inch of the top of the rock is utilized. There are two churches. One is a mortuary chapel next to the convent graveyard and is cloistered. The main one, the Church of St. Charolabus, dates to the sixteenth century and is nearly finished with the vestibule still undergoing restoration. During the Nazi occupation of Europe the convent was abandoned and left empty for many years.
There are several large courtyard gardens, a museum, and cloister areas where the nuns live. The museum is quite nice and worthy of your attention. The gift shop was innovative with many attractive offerings and many from my group of travelers purchased souvenir items. The bathrooms are a challenge for those not used to the "Turkish" style toilet, which is simply a hole in the floor. I've attached a photo.
The site is incredible for its views of the mountains and the valley below. Every square inch is landscaped and tiny gardens perch precariously on the very edge of the abyss. Those not liking heights will find themselves cringing as they carefully take photos of Kalambaka in the valley below. The place is tranquil and peaceful even with the amount of tourists that throng the site. I'd encourage anbody who has transportation to plan a visit here.
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