10 Of the Most Beautiful and Breathtaking Monasteries in the World
There are hundreds of monasteries around the world, each belonging to various religious denominations. However some stand out in terms of breathtaking architecture, design and beauty. Location too plays a major role in inducing a tranquil atmosphere surrounding the structure. Taking in account such factors, here are the most beautiful monasteries in the world.
10 The Monastery of Gregoriou
Gregoriou Monastery is a orthodox Christian monastery located in the monastic state of Mt Athos in Greece Named after its founder St Gregory the Younger, this 14th century monastery features seventeenth in Athonite Hierarchy. Its stunning location on the northern peninsula of Athos enhances its beauty with a backdrop of craggy rocks rising behind it.
9 Meteora, Thessaly Greece
In Greek, it means ‘Middle of the sky’ or ‘suspended in air’. The monastery is surrounded by huge boulders and monolithic pillars giving it an inaccessible and mysterious atmosphere. Its name has been derived because of its location atop slim conglomerate pillars making it appear to be suspended in the sky. Located in the plains of Thessaly, Greece, it was assumed to be a 14th century structure belonging to the eastern orthodox church of Greece and is second in importance to Mt Athos. It has also been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.