Monasteries of the World

Temples, monasteries and places of worship from around the world. Monasteries to see and monasteries where you can stay overnight.
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Wat Rong Khun is a Temple in Chian Rai, Thailand. #travel #monasteries

Wat Rong Khun is a Temple in Chian Rai, Thailand. #travel #monasteries

Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey The original Hagia Sophia built on this site during the fourth century by Constantine has long been destroyed, but was rebuilt between 532 and 537 under Emperor Justinian I.

Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey The original Hagia Sophia built on this site during the fourth century by Constantine has long been destroyed, but was rebuilt between 532 and 537 under Emperor Justinian I.

Gračanica Monastery - in the village of Gracanica near the centre of Kosovo. After the WWII this monastery was renewed by nuns, and is still currently active.

Gračanica Monastery - in the village of Gracanica near the centre of Kosovo. After the WWII this monastery was renewed by nuns, and is still currently active.

Daphni Monastery - Greece  This monastery was built in 11th century and has beautiful mosaics within the interior walls. Daphni Monastery happens to lay on a fault line and was damaged in the 1999 earthquake. Some research shows that it may have reopened for showings two days of the week - but this must be confirmed.

Daphni Monastery - Greece This monastery was built in 11th century and has beautiful mosaics within the interior walls. Daphni Monastery happens to lay on a fault line and was damaged in the 1999 earthquake. Some research shows that it may have reopened for showings two days of the week - but this must be confirmed.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim, California.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim, California.

Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood City, California.

Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood City, California.

Athos peninsula, Greece. Mount Athos Monastery,  Male visitors are welcomed into this monastery with prior reservation if they meet the requirements. Women are only able to view these monasteries at a distance, likely off the shore while on one of the cruises. This has been a tradition since the time of construction of Mount Athos. Also known as Holy Mountain. Monks are still present here today.

Athos peninsula, Greece. Mount Athos Monastery, Male visitors are welcomed into this monastery with prior reservation if they meet the requirements. Women are only able to view these monasteries at a distance, likely off the shore while on one of the cruises. This has been a tradition since the time of construction of Mount Athos. Also known as Holy Mountain. Monks are still present here today.

Meteora - which means "middle of the sky" or "in the heavens above" is also the name of this monastery in central Greece. This monastery which is now a tourist attraction which you are able to visit, was previously inhabited by monks. In the past, the only way up was by ladder - and during times of unrest, the monks would pull up the ladder to reduce all threats.

Meteora - which means "middle of the sky" or "in the heavens above" is also the name of this monastery in central Greece. This monastery which is now a tourist attraction which you are able to visit, was previously inhabited by monks. In the past, the only way up was by ladder - and during times of unrest, the monks would pull up the ladder to reduce all threats.

Domus Sessoriana - A monastery in Rome, Lazio operated by Cistercian Monks. This was actually built in the 3rd century, the former palace a home to Emperor Constantine's Mother. You can stay at this monastery on your next visit to Rome. It is right next to the basilica and accommodates guests!

Domus Sessoriana - A monastery in Rome, Lazio operated by Cistercian Monks. This was actually built in the 3rd century, the former palace a home to Emperor Constantine's Mother. You can stay at this monastery on your next visit to Rome. It is right next to the basilica and accommodates guests!

Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe Chapel, France

Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe Chapel, France


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