3rd place WLM Greece 2018
St. Stephen's Monastery, Meteora
Photographer: Orestis Nikoloulis (orestis_nikoloulis)
From Wikipedia: The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. The 6 (of an original 24) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Monastery of St. Stephen has a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. This monastery rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. It was shelled by the Nazis during World War II who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned. The monastery was given over to nuns in 1961 and they have reconstructed it into a flourishing nunnery, with 28 nuns in residence in 2015.
Photo by Orestis Nikoloulis (Orestis26) (CC BY-SA 4.0): https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Agios_stefanos.jpg