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Bachkovo Monastery
Bachkovo, Bulgaria

10. Bachkovo Monastery, Bulgaria

The Bachkovo Monastery (Bulgarian: Бачковски манастир, Bachkovski manastir), archaically the Petritsoni Monastery or Monastery of the Mother of God Petritzonitissa in Bulgaria is an important monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. It is located on the right bank of the Chepelare River, 189 km from Sofia and 10 km south of Asenovgrad, and is directly subordinate to the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

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Basarbovo Monastery
Ruse, Bulgaria

9. 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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Osiou Gregoriou Monastery
Mount Athos, Greece

8. 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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Khor Virap Monastery
Ararat Province, Armenia

7. Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia

The Khor Virap (meaning deep pit or deep well) is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the border with Turkey, about 8 km south of Artashat, Ararat Province. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos.

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St. Michael Golden-Domed Monastery
Kiev, Ukraine

6. 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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Saint Catherine Monastery
South Sinai, Egypt

5. Saint Catherine Monastery, Egypt

Saint Catherine Monastery, commonly known as Santa Katarina lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai in the city of Saint Catherine in South Sinai Governorate in Egypt. The monastery is Orthodox and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 548 and 565 this monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world together with the Monastery of Saint Anthony, situated across the Red Sea in the desert south of Cairo, which also lays claim to that title.

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Sümela Monastery
Trabzon Province, Turkey

4. 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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Rila Monastery
Rila Mountain, Bulgaria

3. 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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2. 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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Ganden Monastery
Tibet, China

1. 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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