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10 Most Spectacularly Built Monasteries of the world

Monasteries are not just religious sites, they are also extremely beautiful architectural masterpieces. These monasteries serve not only as religious retreats, but as the homes of hundreds of sisters and monks around the world. They take great care to ensure their grounds are kept in the most immaculate condition possible.


While all monasteries are beautiful and mysterious in their own way, there are some that stand out from the rest. Be sure to visit one of these incredible monasteries if you are ever in the area. Here are some of the most spectacularly built monasteries of the world.

Monastery Immaculate Conception

At the Monastery Immaculate Conception Indiana serves as the permanent home to 115 women and provides services to many more, gaining new members at an astounding rate of 3 per year.

Namdroling Monastery Tibet

The Namdroling Monastery can be found tucked into the landscape of Tibet. Students who come to study enjoy the peacefulness of the dorms as their young children are free to roam the monastery complex.

Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery, Cyprus

The Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery is in Cyprus. Paphos prides itself as the home of several historical monasteries and churches, all hundreds of years old.

El Escorial, Spain

El Escorial, also known as The Royal Monastery can be found about 30 miles outside of the city of Madrid. You will enjoy touring each section, including: the basilica, the Palace of Philip II and many more.

Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, Israel

Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery is in Haifa, Israel. The walls of the church were beautifully constructed of Italian marble. There is also a small museum feature exhibits from the original Byzantine church.

Kiev, Ukraine

The Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra is in Kiev, Ukraine. The massive complex is comprised of not one, but an entire series of incredibly constructed monasteries.

Mount Koya, Japan

The intricately designed monastery was built first, and the city of Koyasan formed around it as time passed, including a series of 120 temples.

Al-Dayr, Jordan

All of the monasteries are held dearly in the hearts of the sisters, monks, and religious individuals who visit and inhabit them each year. Every single one is rich with culture, the history of which cannot be destroyed.


Montserrat Monastery, Spain

The Montserrat Monastery is within the Montserrat Mountain located in Catalonia. The famous Virgin of Montserrat statue is located in the rear of the chapel, which also contains an altar made of gold.


Popa Taungkalat Shrine, Burma

The Popa Taungkalat Shrine is home to 37 Mahagiri Nats, or spirits. Statues depicting the Nats are at the base of the Shrine.

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