Abbeys, Monasteries and Cloisters

The Carthusian monastery of Bonnefoy, Ardèche

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In the beautiful Bonnefoy wooded valley lie the remains of a former Carthusian monastery...
Wat Long Khun, Xieng Maen, Luang Prabang

Wat Long Khun, Xieng Maen,  ...Wat Long Khun, Xieng Maen, ...

A very well restored Wat on Luang Prabang Mekong opposite bank. Many houses with nice decorations. The Wat is in use, but not really crowded.
Kara Tepe, Termez

Kara Tepe, TermezKara Tepe, Termez

Kara Tepe is a unique place: this is the only Buddhist monastery in central Asia...
Fayaz Tepe, Termez

Fayaz Tepe, TermezFayaz Tepe, Termez

Ruins of Buddhist temple and monastery lost in a military zone close to Afghanistan border...
Priory of Saint-André-de-Rosans, Drôme

Priory of Saint-André-de-Ro ...Priory of Saint-André-de-Ro ...

Impressive ruins of a Priory!
Sainte-Victoire Mountain, Priory of Sainte Victoire, Croix de Provence

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Perched at 888m of height, at the top of the Sainte Victoire mountain, this priory was built in a mythical place.
Botanical Garden and Abbey of Autrey, Vosges

Botanical Garden and Abbey  ...Botanical Garden and Abbey ...

In a quiet little village of the Vosges mountains, the Notre-Dame d'Autrey Abbey was built at the 12th century.
Santa Barbara mission, California

Santa Barbara mission, CaliforniaSanta Barbara mission, California

An interesting visit of an ancient building, driving you into the time when California was Spanish. A beautiful outline of the colonial and religious architecture.
Saint-Pierre Church and Abbey, Vigeois

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Beautiful Romanic church from the 12th century.
Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco, Habana Vieja

Iglesia y Monasterio de San ...Iglesia y Monasterio de San ...

Beautiful white stone building, with many shady courtyards orned with dicreet fountains.
Saghmosavank monastery

Saghmosavank monasterySaghmosavank monastery

Saghmosavank (monastery of psalms) is a 13th century Armenian monastic complex situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river.
Le Thoronet Abbey

Le Thoronet AbbeyLe Thoronet Abbey

This abbey is one of the best exemple of the Cistercian art: sobriety, purity of lines, ongoing quest for simplicity in architecture, a source of inspiration for generations of architects (Le Corbu
Sant-Eustachio Abbey, Nervesa della Battaglia

Sant-Eustachio Abbey, Nerve ...Sant-Eustachio Abbey, Nerve ...

Some places, by their beauty, their silence, their past or events they suggest, can provide intense emotions to the visitor. This is the case for the San Eustachio Abbey ruins.
Hautecombe royal Abbey and surroundings

Hautecombe royal Abbey and  ...Hautecombe royal Abbey and ...

Early in 1101, Benedictine monks settled in the north-east part of Lake Bourget in a high mountain valley of Cessens, hence the name of Haute-Combe (Upper Combe).
Chartreuse du Glandier, Beyssac, Corrèze

Chartreuse du Glandier, Bey ...Chartreuse du Glandier, Bey ...

In the heart of a solitary valley with a small river, surrounded by chestnut forests, emerge the Chartreuse de Glandier sharp steeples.
Lavaudieu village and abbey

Lavaudieu village and abbeyLavaudieu village and abbey

The village gets its name from the Benedictine abbey established here in the Middle Ages and which turned the Senouire valley into “la vallée de Dieu” (valley of God).
Uclès monastery,  Castilla - La Mancha

Uclès monastery,  Castilla  ...Uclès monastery, Castilla ...

Between Madrid and Cuenca stand the " Escorial de la Mancha" mountains. There, you can visit an interesting monastery...
Abbey of Montmajour, Arles

Abbey of Montmajour, ArlesAbbey of Montmajour, Arles

Located in a magnificent environment, the beautiful restoration ruins of the Montmajour Abbey is a grandiose visit.
Benedictine Abbey of Marmoutier, Alsace

Benedictine Abbey of Marmou ...Benedictine Abbey of Marmou ...

The abbey were the Benedictine order was born... And a unique organ...
Cloister of the Cathédrale Saint Sauveur, Aix en Provence

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One of the most beautiful cloisters in France. Damaged a few years ago, it has since been beautifully renovated.
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