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Monks of Pannonhalma Abbey converted ancient Hungarians to Christianity

Image of Quickly becoming an important center of Christianity and medieval culture in Eastern Europe, the monks of Pannonhalma Abbey successfully converted the unruly Hungarians to Christianity. The monks also founded Hungary's first school and produced the first document in the Hungarian language in 1055.

Pannonhalma Archabbey is an active Benedictine monastery and World Heritage Site in Hungary. Founded in 996 on a sacred mountain dedicated ... continue reading


Marble Cathedral: World's most beautiful cave network? Watch

Image of The lake has an area of 1850 kilometers and borders between Chile and Argentina, dividing it roughly in half. Marble Cave is located approximately in the middle of the lake, on the Chilean side.

Chile's Marble Cathedral is an intricate system of water-filled caverns in the General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, which is the second ... continue reading



Monasterboice in Ireland features many splendid high crosses Watch

Image of The cross near the entrance to the site is Muirdach's Cross, dating from 900-923 AD. Standing 16 feet tall, it is named for an abbot mentioned in the inscription on the base:

Monasterboice, or Mainistir Bhuithe is a fascinating monastic site near Drogheda in County Louth. Including a large cemetery, two ... continue reading


Glendalough is 'truly one of the most beautiful places in Ireland' Watch

Image of At its height, the settlement included not only churches and monastic cells but also workshops, guesthouses, an infirmary, farm buildings and houses. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries.

Glendalough, or Gleann Dá Loch, the "Valley of the Two Lakes" has been declared as "truly one of the most beautiful places in Ireland ... continue reading


Ruins of Mellifont Abbey features beautiful lavabo Watch

Image of The most beautiful structure at Mellifont is the lavabo, an octagonal washing house. Built in the early 13th century, it used lead pipes to bring water from the river.

At one time, Mellifont Abbey was a great hub for the Catholic faith in Ireland. At the top of its reign, Mellifont was the mother house ... continue reading


Peru's Colca Valley holds magnificent churches Watch

Image of Madrigal's Saint James is one of the oldest churches in the valley. It resides eighteen miles west of Chivay, on a dirt road lined with stone walls, cactuses and lupines.

Peru's Colca Valley is rich in natural beauty and history. After the Spanish conquered the area in the 16th century, and herded residents ... continue reading



Clonmacnoise, overlooking the River Shannon, houses holy relics

Image of Preserved in the museum and replaced with a replica in its original position is the South Cross, standing about 12 feet high. It is thought to date from the early 9th century and its style is related to the Ahenny group of crosses.

Clonmacnoise, which in Gaelic translates to Cluain Mhic Nois, "meadow of the sons of Nos" is a monastic site that overlooks the River ... continue reading


St. Cecilia's monastery and church in Rome Watch

Image of The legendary statue of St. Cecilia or she is depicted lying at the moment of her passing, with her fingers giving silent but powerful testimony to the truth of the Trinity.

Visitors to St. Cecilia in Trastevere, a Benedictine monastery in Rome, Italy will have the opportunity to see some of the most ornate ... continue reading


The Basilica of Saint Paul restored to splendor after great fire Watch

Image of The chapel of relics has numerous relics, the most notable of which are a set of chains said to be the prison chains of St Paul, used in the last days before his execution. They are exposed in the church on his feast days.

One of the five major basilicas of Rome, The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls or Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura was ... continue reading


Carceri Hermitage retains tranquil, contemplative air loved by St. Francis Watch

Image of There are also some charming modern bronze statues of St. Francis and his followers. Francis lies on the ground, his hands behind his head and his sandals off, gazing at the sky, as two friars look hard at the constellations and record them on the ground.

Eremo delle Carceri, or the Carceri Hermitage is located in along slope of Monte Subasio outside the walls of Assisi. The hermitage is ... continue reading


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