Top 10 Monasteries

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Sümela Monastery
Trabzon Province, Turkey

10. Sümela Monastery, Turkey

The Sümela Monastery (Turkish: Sümela Manastırı, Greek: Μονή Παναγίας Σουμελά), is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary at Melá mountain, in the region of Maçka in the Trabzon Province of modern Turkey. Nestled in a steep cliff at an altitude of about 1,200 meters facing the Altındere valley, it is a site of great historical and cultural significance, as well as a major tourist attraction of Altındere National Park.

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Panagia Hozoviotissa
Amorgos, Greece

9. Panagia Hozoviotissa, Greece

The spectacular monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa is situated on the cliff side, 300 m above the sea level, northeast of Chora. It was built early in the second millennium in order to protect a religious icon, dating from the year 812, from intruders. The icon is on public display inside the monastery. Visitors have to be dressed decently in order to enter.

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Ganden Monastery
Tibet, China

8. Ganden Monastery, China

Ganden Monastery (also Gaden or Gandain) or Ganden Namgyeling is one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 km ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an altitude of 4300 m. The other two great monasteries are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Its full name is Ganden Namgyal Ling.

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St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery
Kiev, Ukraine

7. St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery, Ukraine

St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery (Ukrainian: Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир) is a functioning monastery in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The monastery is located on the right bank of the Dnieper River on the edge of a bluff northeast of the Saint Sophia Cathedral. The site is located in the historic administrative Uppertown and overlooks the historical commercial and merchant quarter of the city, the Podil neighbourhood.

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Tango Monastery
Thimphu, Bhutan

6. Tango Monastery, Bhutan

The Tango Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located 14 km to the north of the capital city of Thimphu in Bhutan, near Cheri Mountain. It was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler in 1688. In 1616, the Tibetan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, meditated in its cave. The self-emanated form of the wrathful Hayagriva is deified in the monastery.

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Osiou Gregoriou Monastery
Mount Athos, Greece

5. Osiou Gregoriou Monastery, Greece

Osiou Grigoriou Monastery (Greek: Μονή Οσίου Γρηγορίου) is an Orthodox Christian monastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. The monastery ranks seventeenth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. The monastery is built by the sea, on the southeastern side of the peninsula. The monastery is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

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4. Key Monastery, India

Key Gompa (also spelled Ki, Kye or Kee) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4166 m above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.

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Paro Taktsang
Paro Valley, Bhutan

3. Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as The Tiger Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

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Rila Monastery
Rila Mountain, Bulgaria

2. Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains, 117 kilometers south of the capital Sofia in the deep valley of the Rilska River at an elevation of 1147 meters above sea level.

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Basarbovo Monastery
Ruse, Bulgaria

1. Basarbovo Monastery, Bulgaria

Basarbovo Monastery (Басарбовски манастир) - the Monastery of Saint Dimitar Basarbowski - is a Bulgarian-orthodox cave monastery near the city of Ruse in north-eastern Bulgaria. It has the same name as the nearby village of Basarbovo and lies about 35 meters above sea level above the river Rusenski Lom, south of the Danube.

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