Need to Get Away? Cliffside Retreats to Take Your Breath Away

The life of a monk is washed in silence.  Seeking perfect communion with his God, the contemplative seeks out a quiet place where, unencumbered by the distractions of the society at large, he can spend his hours in prayerful devotion.

A quiet place like this:

The Monastery of Roussanou, in Greece

Or this:

The Holy Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas in Meteora, Greece

Or this:

Monasteries may be nestled in forests and fields, or precariously planted on rocky cliffs, on stony mountaintops, on islands severed from the mainland by choppy seas. 

Temple carved into the rock in the region of Cappadocia, in Turkey

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