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Madonna del Sasso, Mar Mousa – Top 7 monasteries on Earth

Posted on November 4, 2010 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment


Until now, you must have visited vibrant cities, snowy villages, and watery islands. This time take up something different that is soothing, calming, and internally awakening. Well, I am talking about the monasteries that are always worth a look. In fact, just a look at these religious edifices can invoke inner peace in you ensuring a great rejuvenating holiday. To make it easy for you to visit, most of these monasteries listed here are in Europe and Southeast Asia.

Life of the people in a monastery is undoubtedly controlled via the rules of the community. These people are the admirers as well as practioners of celibacy and have very few or no private belongings. Talking about their livelihood, these holy men and women who reside in the boundaries are dependent for their daily needs on the sale of the agricultural goods that they grow inside with the help of cattle, rental money, donations, investment profits, or on the deposits from the other institutions. For the tourists, they have three advantages – a great drive to reach here, a memorable view of the monastery from outside, and know-how on the different monasteries. So, this is an educational-cum-fun trip.

  • Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery, Spain:

    This is an unbelievable rock formation nestled in the Montserrat Mountain accessible from Barcelona in Catalonia. The most admiring part of this monastery is that it is visible from some miles away giving breathtaking scenery whose background is formed by the magnificent mountain. ‘Montserrat’ in Catalan refers to a jagged mountain and that it is composed from a kind of sedimentary rock.

  • Monastery Grigoriou, Greece:

    This majestic edifice is committed to St. Nicholas and stands proudly in the austere state of Mount Athos. Established in the 17th century, it is surrounded scenically by the amazing environs. This one ranks 7th out of 20 in the hierarchical order of the Athonite monasteries. If you explore this one, remember that you are visiting one of the most well maintained monasteries. In the 18th century, the walls here were decorated by the sacred men named Gabriel and Gregory.

  • Madonna del Sasso:

    Nestled in Locarno, the striking spot here is the Franciscan Santuario della Madonna del Sasso (refers to a rock) church. This one is on a wooded crag over the town. This is a legendary site where the Virgin once appeared to a local monk named Bartholomeo da Ivrea who was ambling in the woods.

  • Mar Mousa:

    This one is very near to the Nabk town that is located at a distance of 80 km north of Damascus. Adorning the Syrian Mountains, this still functioning monastery is here since the 6th century. It has become popular among the tourists due to its cool ambience and spectacular old frescoes. You can also greet monks who prepare their own food, sale items, and breed livestock for maintaining the monastery. Today, the head here is Paolo who is an Italian Syriac monk.

  • Taktshang (Tigers Nest) Monastery, Bhutan:

    Welcome to the most sacred pilgrimage destination of Bhutan! Perched on the rim of a high cliff that is of 3120 feet in the Paro valley, this is the most visited site by the tourists too in the nation. As per a legend, Guru Rinpoche who was journeying on the tigress from the Himalayas of Tibet in the 7th century came here meditate for three months in a grotto, which brought Buddhism in the country.

  • Yumbulagang Monastery, Tibet:

    This is one more amazing monastery that is nestled on a hill that soars to the east of the Yarlong River in the Lhasa’s Naidong County. Boasting a history of more than 2000 years, this is first palace of its kind here adorned with painted walls as well as murals revealing the glorious past of Tibet. In fact, the term ‘Yumbulagang’ itself means the palace of mother and son as per the Tibetan language.

  • Ling Jiou Mountain Monastery, Taiwan:

    This is one more monastery that is perched on a mountain on the northeast coast. Made in 1983, this is a Buddhist centre offering some superb vistas of the mountains as well as the Pacific. One of the main draws here is the appealing Buddha Eye Gate that welcomes one and all to the Tibetan architecture and pillars adorned in religious symbols.

Do share some monasteries via your comments. Thanks in advance!

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