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World's Most Remote Monasteries

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Geo Beats

Take a tour of World's Most Remote Monasteries – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

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In the Trabzon region of Turkey lies the archaic and secluded Sumela Monastery. It stands on rather unusual grounds, having been built into a rocky cliff. Inside the monastery are several noteworthy places, including a library, the Rock Church, and a spring venerated by the Greek Orthodox religion.

Among the most awe inspiring treasured sites amidst the green of western Bhutan’s mountains is the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. A cultural symbol of Bhutan, this Buddhist temple has a 1200 year history and a rich sense of art, religion, and culture. Today, it continues its illustrious beginnings by still serving as a monastery. The monastery is built around a cave where an ancient guru once meditated.

Built into the sheer rocky cliff face in Montenegro is the Serb Orthodox Church, Orstrog Monastery. This sacred structure is Montenegro's primary pilgrimage site, and is dedicated to Saint Basel of Ostrog. The immaculate white wash which covers part of this edifice creates clean lines and stands out brilliant against the gray-red rock.

Resting at a height of 3,600 meters, Thiksey Monastery, graces Northern India's Indus Valley region. It is an elaborate 12-story building, which sits magnanimously on a hill top in Ladakh and is also called ''Mini Potala” due to its close resemblance to Potala Palace. It has been especially acclaimed for its intricate and rich collection of Buddhist art.

Set against the stunning backdrop of trenchant mountains is the mystical Tatev Monastery. Bearing a magical ambiance of pure divinity, this monastery has blessed the Armenian lands since the 9th century. After the region's best school was built here in the 10th century, Tatev Monastery became a focal point for scholars and the arts.