See Top Drone Videos of Monasteries

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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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The Tatev Monastery, Armenia


Armenia's Syunik Province is a southeastern extension of the country, all but surrounded by Azerbaijan to the east and north and Iran to the west and south.  One of the most important cultural sites in this area is the Tatev monastery, which was constructed in the 9th century AD.  A thousand years ago, the monastery was the spiritual and physical home to over 1,000 monks. In this video, contributor AlexAvsharov gives us a beautiful aerial view of the ancient landmark.

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Myanmar's Sacred Plain of Bagan: Mount Poppa

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TAO Swiss used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of the area around Mandalay, on Myanmar's Sacred Plain of Bagan.  This is one of the most important areas of the Buddhist religion, and was once home to thousands of temples and other religious structures.  The highlight of the video is at the 4:00 mark, where you'll get a rare aerial look at the Taung Kalat, a very famous Buddhist monastery built (seemingly impossibly) atop a hill near Mount Popa.  

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Russia's Kursk Root Hermitage


In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of a well known Eastern Orthodox monastery in the heart of Russia.  The Kursk Root Hermitage of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God  is located in the Kursk province, one of the 18 which make up Russia's Central Federal District.  The monastery, which dates to the turn of the 16th century, was built to commemorate the Kursk Root Icon of the Sign, a painting which was found in the forests of Kursk around 1300 AD. 

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka


Contributor NGreyTravels used a DJI drone to create this remarkable aerial video of one of the world's most famous hilltop structures.  The Sigiriya ("Lion Rock") is a gigantic rock fortress and monastery complex located near the center of Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southern coast of India.  The fortress was built in the 5th century AD as a new capital city by Kashyapa I, a long-serving king of Sri Lanka.  It was later converted to a monastery, which was active until the 14th century.

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Kiev Pechersk Lavra: Ukrainian Monastery


Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one of the most well known Christian Orthodoz monasteries.  It's situated in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.  Founded in the 11th century as a cave monastery, it's considered the most important Eastern Orthodox monastic structure in Eastern Europe.  The site consists of several different buildings, which are jointly managed by a museum commission and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one of the top tourist attractions in Kiev.  

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Skellig Islands Ireland in 4K


Papa.drone gives us a drone's eye view of the Star Wars Islands, two islands off the coast of southern Ireland.  Great Skellig (aka Skellig Michael) and Little Skellig are located southwest of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry.  Once primarily known for Skellig Michael's 6th century monastery, the islands burst into public conciousness in 2015 as the  shooting location for Jedi Master Luke Skywalker's hideaway in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), appearing again in The Last Jedi (2017)

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Mar Saba


The Eastern Orthodox Mar Saba Monastery is the largest in Israel's Judaean Desert, which lies to the south and west of the capital city Jerusalam. Mar Saba is named after Saint Sabas, the monk who established the monastery in the 5th century. It was built along the cliffs of the Kidron Creek protecting it from harm. These aerial views show the amazing structure, which is currently home to 20 monks, in a whole new light, thanks to pilot Rea Burla.

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Mongolia's Manzushir Monastery

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Contributor Jack Jamka created this stunning drone video of an old Buddhist "Gompa" in Mongolia called Manzushir.  Gompas are multi-purpose structures which were built by Buddhist monks to provide physical security as well as sanctuaries for quiet contemplation and learning.  It was originally built in 1733, but destroyed during a period of civil strife in the 1930's.  The remains of the monastery complex are a short distance to the south of the country's capital Ulaanbaatar.  

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Monasterio de Leyre: Navarre, Spain


Check out this drone video of a famous monastery in northern Spain, compliements of contributor Alfonso. The Monasterio de Leyre is located in the region of Navarre, an autonomous region of Spain which sits between Basque Country and Aragon.  The structure dates to the 9th century AD, although it was more or less completely rebuilt in the 16th century.  The monastery is located on the Camino de Santiago, a historical pilgrimmage route which ends in Galicia.  

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Whitby Abbey: DJI Mavic Pro


Skydronauts used some amazing post-production editing to create this marvelous drone video of Whitby Abbey, situated in the Yorkshire town of the same name.  This iconic looking town on the Channel coast of Northern England has a long literary history.  Famously, Whitby made a notable appearance in Bram Stoker's classic novel Count Dracula.  Stoker was inspired by the gothic appearance of the town, and in the book the Dracula strikes Whitby after his ship runs aground there.  

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Mysteries of Lombardy's Certosa di Pavia


Top contributor Electriclife used a Zenmuse X7 camera mounted to a DJI Inspire 2 drone to make this spectacular video of the Certosa di Pavia, a monastery northern Italy's Lombardy region.  It lies near the town of Pavia.  The monastery was built over a hundred year period roughly coinciding with the 15th century.  It was commissioned by a nobleman from Milan, which lies a short distance to its north.  Among other distinctions, the Certosa di Pavia is one of Italy's largest monasteries.

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The Fire at the Sacra di San Michele


Contributor Electriclife created this marvelous drone video of a monastery in Piedmont, Italy called the Sacra di San Michele.  Settlement in the area dates to the Antiquity, with the present monastery having been built in either the 10th or 11th century AD.  Also known as St. Michael's Abbey, this landmark has an important place in 20th century literature: it served as the inspiration for the monastery in Umberto Eco's 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, one of the bestselling works of fiction ever.

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Turkey Home - Selime Monastery from Above!

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The famous "fairy tale chimneys" of Cappadocia in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey are not only natural wonders but also have great cultural value: the unique rock formations were used to build monasteries.  Some of these structures date to the third century AD, near the very dawn of Christianity.  In this drone video by contributor Turkey Home, you'll get a bird's eye view of Selime Monastery.  Located at the end of the Ilhara Valley, Selime dates to about the 8th century AD.

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Friary of Ross (Ross Errilly Friary)


Friary Ross is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in Europe.  It is located in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland.  Sometimes referred to as "Ross Abbey", it is considered a cultural treasure of Ireland is protected under national conservation statutes.  Contributor Ashville Aerial used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create a remarkable aerial tour of this centuries-old site.  Although the monastery has fallen into disuse, it's still used a burial grounds.  

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Jedburgh Abbey - Scottish Borders UK


The Scottish Borders is a region of eastern Scotland, just north of the border with England and south of the Scottish capital Edinburgh.  One of the cultural highlights of this area is Jedburgh Abbey, a 12th century Augustine Abbey.  Contributor AvariceUK made a beautiful drone video of this important cultural landmark.  The video includes excellent aerial views of the abbey from virtually all angles, including some direct overhead shots.  

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Новый Иерусалим: Russia's New Jerusalem Monastery

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Contributor Valius Video used a drone to create this bird's eye view of the New Jerusalem Monastery, which is not located anywhere near Israel.  Rather, it is in metropolitan Moscow, the great Russian capital city.  It was built in the 17th century on a site which was (vaguely) reminiscent of the "real" Jerusalem.  The monastery was heavily damaged by invading German troops in late 1941, marking very nearly the furthest advance made by Germany during that campaign before being driven back.

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Hong Kong: Above the Monastery


Contributor Droneland created this epic aerial video of the famous Big Buddha statue near Po Lin, a Buddhist monastery on an outlying satellite island of Hong Kong.  The 34 meter (over 100 ft) statue was constructed in the 1990's, and it's one of the largest Buddha statues in China.  The Monastery, built in the early 1900's, sits on Lantau Island, one of the larger Hong Kong islands which sits to the west of the main island in the South China Sea.

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Video Project - Santuario de Peninha


Contributor Flybyzion used a DJI Phantom 3 Professional to create this beautiful aerial of Santuário da Peninha, a well known Portuguese monastery.  It's situated in the mountains of the Sintra province, which is part of the Greater Lisbon region and just a bit to the north and west of the capital city.  The site has been used for monastic purposes since Portugal first converted to Christianity.  The chapel which currently sits atop the hill dates to the early 18th century.


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St. Michael's Temple

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Ostrog Monastery