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Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery
#About the Nunnery Made of Wood

The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist complex that includes a nunnery, a temple, and Buddhist Pagodas. All these are surrounded by beautiful Chinese gardens, peace pools with lotus flowers, many impressive statues made of gold, stone, and clay.

The Nunnery, inhabited by nuns only, sits on 33,000 square meters. It is a peaceful corner in the hectic city. The chirping of birds and ringing of bells are relaxing, and give the feeling of peace for the soul.

The Nunnery is considered one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong. The wonderful wooden structures were built in the 20th century, using only woodwork, in the tradition of the Tang Dynasty. The style was used here is a technique of interlocking systems, a technique in which iron nails are not used at all.

The monastery complex is built around a beautiful courtyard, with a beautiful and well-kept garden, with many stylish pools and lotus flowers in a variety of colors.



#Tips

The temple halls and the Chinese garden are open for visiting for free.

Opening hours are from Thursday to Tuesday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Respect the nun and exercise restraint.

There is a vegetarian restaurant here.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Y1E0vxTNN1o


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/4fpt31LsgpI


The Garden Around:

https://youtu.be/Yf-N6cKW0Cw
Monasterio de la Encarnacin
Monasterio de la Encarnación
#About the Monastery from Stones and Red Bricks that Has a Museum

The Monasterio de la Encarnación was established in 1611, by the wife of King Philip III, Margarita de Austria. Her style was modest and held back, and not grandeur and too much for the eyes. The monastery combines a building with white stones and red bricks, a style that characterized many of the buildings in Spain at that time.

After a fire that burned everything in 1767, the interior design was redone by the designer Ventura Rodriguez, and has remained the same to this day. The exterior is the only part remaining of the original building.

In the monastery is a museum with interesting paintings and statues, that were given as gifts by the kings of Spain. The entrance to the museum is located in the left wing, and can be easily missed if you do not know to look for it.

Enter the museum and you can see the collections of paintings, belonging to the School of Madrid from the 17th century. Very interesting paints here by Van der Mueulen and Ribera.



A Closer Look at Monasterio de la Encarnación:

https://youtu.be/-IYbcLtll0w



Magical Prayer Through the Window:

https://youtu.be/UJ_dZc18LuI
Monasterio de Pedralbes
Monastery of Pedralbes
#About the Medieval Monastery of Barcelona

Founded in 1327, the Monastery of Pedralbes (Monasterio de Pedralbes) is one of the most striking examples of the Gothic-Catalan style and will give you a magical glimpse into the life that took place here centuries ago.

The monastery was founded in 1326 by King James II of Aragon for his wife Elisenda de Montcada. Aragon was an autonomous community in northeastern Spain. The building was used by the Franciscan order, which consisted mainly of noble women. The Queen provided the convent with a series of privileges and rights. For Elisenda, a palace was also built in the monastery where she lived after her husband's death in 1327. Forty years later, she died there in 1367. The ruins of the palace were discovered in the 1970's.

During a deadly revolt (1640) the nuns were expelled, but later they returned. To this day, a small number of nuns still live in the compound. One of the charming rooms open to tourists is the queen's daily cabinate - the place where she studied, prayed, sewed and spent most of the day. The monastery was declared a national monument in 1991.

From 1993, the monastery became the home of the collection of paintings "Thyssen-Bornemisza." In the museum you can learn about the life stories of the nuns who lived here in the past. To see the furniture they used, the utensils, the sacred objects, the paintings, the sculptures, the documents and more. Today the museum presents collections from the History Museum of the City of Barcelona.

If you notice a broken floor, know that it was probably broken by a heavy cannon during Napoleon's conquest in 1809. The monastery was originally protected by a series of walls, but today there are only two towers and one gate.

You should also pay attention to the beautiful gardens outside the monastery and the fountain in the center of its yard.

A Closer Look at the Monastery:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps5wuPqXunc
Aladzha Monastery
Aladzha Monastery
#About the Monastery Located in a Cave

About 20 kilometers from the city of Varna, at the western end of the Golden Sands Nature Park and an hour's walk from the Golden Sands beach itself, is the famous Aladzha Monastery, a famous rock-cut monastery offering a short history in the region.

This is an ancient Orthodox Christian monastery that was carved by monks in a cave and turned the high cliff into a particularly impressive church, an interesting and intriguing archaeological site where you can see the impressive remains of the cave monastery that was carved on the mountain, inside and out.

The monastery of Elja was probably hewn before the 10th century. It is built on several levels, over a cliff about 25 meters high. Monks lived here mainly from the 12th to the 18th century, when the peak of activity was in the 13th and 14th centuries, when many monks occupied the monastery. In the 16th century it was almost completely abandoned.

It is one of the most beautiful rock estates in Europe and is best known for its rocky monasteries along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

In the eyes of the surrounding inhabitants, the forest surrounding the monastery is also considered sacred. This is one of the reasons why the monastery survived relatively well and was not corrupted, not even during Ottoman rule.

In 1927, the monastery, which during the Second Bulgarian Empire was a major spiritual center, was declared a historical monument. In 1968, it was recognized as a Bulgarian national monument of the highest archaeological and cultural importance.

It is a very enjoyable experience to climb to the monastery on the narrow path that leads to it and visit the caves in which it resides. All around you will see natural landscapes of forests and cliffs that nature lovers will love very much and the children will enjoy them too.


#What can I see here?
A visit to the ancient monastery is reminiscent of an adventure in caves, tunnels and ancient Indiana Jones ruins. The monastery was cut to a height of approximately 40 meters. You can see the seclusion and living rooms of the monks, the ancient church and the cryptos, catacombs and burial caves of the monks.

Alongside the church you will also see the dining room and the kitchen of those days, alongside the underground room and the abundance of beautiful frescoes in the main chapel, the beautiful frescoes and beautiful mosaics that survived on the walls and stand out especially here.

There is an interesting museum, where you can learn about the history of the monastery. Outside was the farmhouse where the monks worked and raised food for their needs. A nice short path to the west of the monastery leads to a small patch of forest with ancient burial caves of the monks.


#Tips
Admission is not expensive.

The audiovisual show "Legends of Aladzha Monastery". Available here at an additional cost, on Sundays or Wednesdays between May and October.

Opening hours: May to October Tuesday to Saturday 9: 00-21: 00, November to April Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00.

The monastery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


Inside view of the Cave Church:

https://youtu.be/J0TzshQMwbc


And the environment:

https://youtu.be/D4K2BnXj0os

Monasteries

Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin Monastery
#About the Modern Monastery with the Large Buddha

The Po Lin Buddhist Monastery is located in Ngong Ping Plateau, at the height of 518 meters.

The monastery includes the statue made of bronze, the largest in Asia, and among the largest Buddha statues in the world. It attracts many tourists on a regular basis.

The monastery, a large tourist destination, is on the foothills of the large Buddha statue. The monastery itself was established in 1906, and received its name in 1924, and opened for visitors in 1970.



#Tips

The entrance to the monastery and the statue is free.

Entrance to the exhibition under the Buddha has a small fee.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/yp4oBvjoVL0


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/UHuj0P76g24


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