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Why Anita left worldly life for Meteora convent

The Meteora ‘suspended in the air’ monasteries in central Greece were built atop towering natural sandstone pillars that peak at more than half a kilometre high.

Along the ancient rock towers of Meteora a legend has flourished of an Australian tourist who stepped off a bus at a Greek Orthodox monastery and was never seen again.

Over decades, the tale peddled by tour guides has taken on a life of its own. But at dusk on a summer evening, you can still find the Perth-raised woman, once known as Anita Joy Phillips in full Orthodox monastic dress tending a garden at the back of the Saint Stephen’s nunnery, her blue eyes smiling from underneath a tight-fitting black headpiece.

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