Collected by Stacy DeVera
Güngören Mahallesi, 47510 Midyat/Mardin, Turkey
Visiting the oldest remaining Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world was like stepping into another place in time. Founded in 397, it is still in operation and is the seat of the archbishop of Tur Abdin. Except for a few bouts during war time the...
Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
The churches in Portugal are uniquely beautiful in a way that is is ornate but not flashy or gilded. The Manueline style of architecture used to build the St. Jeronimos Monastery was a transitional style that combined Renaissance and Gothic...
Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of our side trips from Fatima was to the Monastery of Batalha. When we arrived at Batalha, we were once again awed by the beauty and architecture of this immense battle abby that we had seen years before. Outside in the huge courtyard you see...
Tv. da Praça 8, 1300-469 Lisboa, Portugal
Jerónimos Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belem, Portugal. In the church lies the stone tomb of Vasco da Gama, and the interior of the chapel is simply a piece of artwork. Within the vast square cloister lies a garden with a large...
50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
It's safe to say there’s nothing in the world quite like this magical island, topped by a medieval monastery that rises out of the bay like a heavenly apparition. It’s said that, early in the 8th century, a bishop in nearby Avranches...
Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Budapest, Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. If you don't have the time or money to take in a concert in this...
Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
Fisherman's Bastion was built in the late 1800s on Buda's Castle Hill not to provide protection, but rather as a lookout point—and this fairy-tale castle site, with its seven spired towers representing the seven tribe of Magyar (Hungarians)...
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