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Meteora: Greece's Orthodox Monasteries


Top contributor GeorgeMarcu treats us to this epic aerial tour of the famous monasteries of Meteora in the Thessaly region of northern Greece.  The immense rock pillars of the region are home to six Greek Orthodox monasteries.  The most well known is the Monastery of the Holy Trinity.  This masterpiece "played the role" of St. Cyril's in the 13th James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981), in which 007 (played by Roger Moore) scales a cliff and dispatches a henchman of Aristotle Kristatos.

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Simonos Petra Monastery at the Holy Mountain, Greece

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Icarus Aerial Filming created this stunning bird's eye view of the Simonos Petra Monastery, one of the great cultural treasures of Greece.  The monastery is on the Holy Mountain of Athos on a peninsula of Thrace in northeastern Greece.  The mountain is considered one of the most important places in the Eastern Orthodox religion, and Mt. Athos is technically a monastic state within the state of Greece, a status which has some similarities with that of the Vatican.  

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The Monastery of Ostrog


Contributor Foxcreativity used a drone to film one of the most famous monasteries in Southeastern Europe.  The Monastery of Ostrog is built into a hilltop near the town of Danilovgrad in central Montenegro.  The monastery was built in the 17th century and largely rebuilt following a fire in the early 20th century.  The monastery is dedicated to St. Basil of Ostrog, a Serbian bishop who lived in the 17th century and is sainted by the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Mont Saint-Michel in 4k

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iDrone Aerials created this magnificent drone video of one of the world's most famous monasteries as well as one of the most recognizable sites in France.  Mont St. Michel is a tiny island off the coast of Normandy, one of the provinces of northwestern France.  The monastery, which sits atop the island, dates to the 8th century.  It is prominently visible in the famous Bayeux Tapestry which commemorates the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century.

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Soaring Over Montserrat (4K)


The great mountain of Montserrat which looms over Barcelona, Spain is home to one of the world's most famous monasteries.  Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey is a Benedictine abbey which is built into the side of the mountain, with its distinctive rock formations.  The monastery dates to the 11th century, and was rebuilt in the 19th and 20th.  Martigen created this beautiful drone video of the abbey, which is still functioning and today has over 70 monks who are in residence.

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Sumela Monastery: Trabzon, Turkey


Check out this magnificent video of one of Turkey's most famous monasteries, compliments of contributor and drone pilot enghasanali.  Sumela is a Greek Orthodox monastery built into a mountain in Trabzon, one of the provinces of Turkey's Black Sea region.  Its "host" Melá Mountain is part of the Pontic range which runs parallel to the coastline.   The original structure dates to the 4th century AD, and it took its present form in the 13th century.   It's associated with a famous icon of the Virgin Mary.  

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Key Monastery: Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh


Contributor PixelDo created this epic drone video of one of the world's most famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.  Key Monastery is situated in the Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.  It's in the foothills of the Himalayas, at an altitude of over 4.1k meters (almost 13.7k ft.).  Believed to have been built in the 11th century, it's the largest monastery in the Spiti Valley, which served as the conduit for the spread of Buddhism from its birthplace in Tibet into India.

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Armenia's Khor Vrap Monastery

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Johny Kondakjian Photography used a drone to create this beautiful video of the Khor Virap Monastery on Armenia's Ararat Plain.  The structure was built in the 17th century, on the ruins of the site of a Pilgrimage of Gregory the Illuminator, who was credited with converting Armenia to Christianity in the 4th century AD.  The current church was preceded by a chapel built on this important religious site.  The monastery also provides a vantage point to view nearby Mt. Ararat, Turkey's tallest mountain.

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Somapura Mahavihara Monastery, Bangladesh

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Contributor A Kid with a Gun used a drone to create this stunning aerial view of Somapura Mahavihara, the great Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh.  Located in the northwestern part of the country, near the Indian border, it played an important role in the eastward spread of Buddhism from India.  The 1,200 year old structure is considered on of the most important cultural sites on the Indian Subcontinent, and is one of just three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bangladesh as of 2018.


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St. Michael's Temple

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Ostrog Monastery

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Mar Saba Monastery

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Bike ride

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Savina Monastery

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