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“It's been there for a 1000 years”

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“It's been there for a 1000 years”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

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.

Visited September 2013
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“Not worth the climb”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

We went there thinking we were going to visit the monastery but after a steep walk up about a million stairs, all we could visit was a very small part of the monastery: only the church.
I must admit that the view is nice though

Visited September 2013
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cornwall
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“Worth the effort!”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

There is no entrance charge and it's worth going for the views alone but, when you've seen around inside, (doesn't take long as you are shown into specific areas), you are ushered into a room with seating and given a glass of water and a shot of the amorgan liquer. The place oozes a sense of "oldness" and managed to retain a sense of calm despite the constant flow of visitors. You can imagine that nothing has changed in centuries, except the clothing of the visitors.

Visited September 2013
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“You can't miss it”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

If you go to Amorgos, you can't go back home without visiting the monastery. Should you visit Rome would you miss to see St. Peter? The view is unique!

Visited June 2013
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Montigny sur Loing
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“magic monastery”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Early morning the light is best and the steps are easier to take, while the view gets more and more beautiful, to become breathtaking from within the monastery...
A spiritual place to recharge ones fast life batteries, a total calmness easing the mind...
Also good to go and visit the female monastery (don't remember the name) driving down the same road direction Aegiali on your left hand. Before 11am or after 5 pm. You'll find there a source of holy water (the 3rd oracle of Greece), don't miss such a blessing...

Visited July 2013
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