Paro Taktsang, Himalaya, Bhutan.

Famous monasteries around the world

What is a Monastery

A monastery is a religious building, or complex of buildings, where monks or nuns are living in communities or alone (hermits). A monastery generally include a place reserved for prayer which may be a chapel, church or temple.

Monasteries may vary greatly in size, comprising a small dwelling accommodating only a hermit, or in the case of communities anything from a single building housing only one senior and two or three junior monks or nuns, to vast complexes and estates housing tens or hundreds. A monastery complex typically comprises a number of buildings which include a church, dormitory, cloister, refectory, library, balneary and infirmary.

Monasteries are found in all religions (e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity. Hinduism) and are scattered all around the globe.

Monastic architecture is often spectacular and often monasteries are situated in scenic surroundings. Here is a list of the world’s most amazing monasteries.

Most famous Monasteries around the World

Montserrat, Spain

Montserrat monastery Catalonia
Montserrat monastery is located in the beautiful mountains northwest of Barcelona.

Read more: Montserrat Mountain Complex in Catalonia

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