You can't see it from the bus stop. You have to walk around the corner. Then there it is - snow white, perched on the side of a mountain, balancing on a ledge almost. An impossible place to build. It is breathtaking.
There is a dress code if you want to go inside and these days the monks don't have spares you can use. So, men in shirts and long trousers and women in skirts with shoulders covered. You enter via a small doorway and are likely to be hard on the heels of the person in front. You can go out onto the terrace where there are great views. Inside a small chapel you can light a candle, if you want. One of the monks gave us a glass of water, a turkish delight and a shot of liquor made from honey.
The water was life saving after the steps up.
It's hard not to be moved by the beauty and history of this place.
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