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Easter procession in Spain – Semana Santa

In the public processions of the Holly Week one can find the core of the Andalusian spirit and much of the European Medieval history. It all comes down to a sincere devotion and expression of religious sentiment from the Spanish people, but the significances and historic roots are so diverse. Its origins are linked to […]

Studenica Monastery, the heart of Serbian Orthodoxy

Studenica is placed in a beautiful mountainous scenery on the national road that links Raska (Rashka) (and further to the south, Novi Pazar) to Ivanjca (Ivanitza). The place is populated with some scarce villages, is very green, clean and has in itself a religious calm. It was here that the legendary Stefan Namanja gave up […]

Zica Monastery, 13th century Byzantine – Romanesque monastery in Serbia

The birth of Serbia is tied to a royal family with religious inclinations, therefore some monasteries in the country are crucial not only from spiritual, but also from historic standpoint. The founder of Serbian dynasty was Stefan Nemanja, a warrior and ruler who abdicated to become a monk together with his wife (in different convents). […]

The Monastery of Curtea de Arges, a spiral towards the Heaven

Five centuries of history have passed over this legendary monastery. The attribute is not arbitrary, as the Monastery of Curtea de Arges (150 km from capital Bucharest) has inspired one of the most famous popular legends in Romania. According to it, the Black King commissioned the building of a church of unseen beauty to the […]

Rila Monastery, the most famous Bulgarian monastery

With a history of a thousand years, the monastery of Rila is a favorite pilgrimage place for Bulgarians and a tourist attraction for foreign visitors. Pope John Paul II visited this monastery during his stay in Bulgaria. It is located in the SW of the country, near Blagoevgrad, south the capital Sofia, in the beautiful […]

Amazing Meteora Monasteries, an Orthodox Miracle

The tradition of monasticism comes from Egypt and Syria, with the patron of this reclusive lifestyle, St Anthony. In the most extreme form of abandoning the world and its temptations, monks would seek the most remote places, living in the wilderness only by the means provided by nature. The rocky hills of Meteora were ideal […]

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