The Monastery, Petra

Rivalling Al Khazneh 0r the Treasury in terms of sheer impressiveness, the Monastery is larger, but has a less elaborate facade.

The ancient Nabateans sure knew how to carve.

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Monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Built between five hundred to a thousand years ago, the monks and hermits of the Greek Orthodox Church sought ever more remote and difficult-to-reach places from where to pray and contemplate.

Hence their position amongst these spectacular sandstone rock formations in central Greece.

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Nowadays a sealed road links all the monasteries and they are as much tourist museums as they are living monasteries.