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7 Places of Worship for Nature Lovers and Hikers in Europe

Throughout time, European beautiful landscape and the spirituality of its inhabitants inspired the creation of places of worship hidden in rocky cliffs, lush vegetation and solitary islands. These heritage sites offer a sense of peace and wonder to any guest, regardless of their beliefs or religious affiliation. We have selected 7 must-visit sanctuaries which combine the force of nature with spirituality. Do you know any other must-visit place of worship in your region?

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An alpine landscape, with a village and church to the left side of the photo

Sanctuary of Monte Lussari

An incredible 14th century church, nestled on the peak of Mount Lussari, 1789m above sea level, where Italy, Slovenia and Austria meet in the Alps. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared on this site and this inspired the construction of the church.

Sanctuary of Monte Lussari
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A monastery nestled into the base of rising cliffs

Prodromos Monastery

An incredible 16th century monastery, nestled in the cliffs of the Lussius Ravine, part of the mountainous Arcadia region. A 20 minute walk along a cliffside path leads to this extraordinary hidden gem.

Prodromos Monastery
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Borgund Stave Church

Nestled in a lush green valley, and seemingly untouched for centuries, Borgund Stave Church allows visitors to experience wonderful countryside walks with unique Norwegian architecture and history.

Borgund Stave Church
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Orheiul Vechi

A beautiful and unique experience, the caves at the Orheiul Vechi monastery in Moldovia contain old places of worship and prayer, transporting the visitor back to far simpler times and allowing the imagination to take over.

Orheiul Vechi
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A small white church on top of a mountain

St Patrick's Chapel

Found on top of Croagh Patrick Mountain, also known as the Reek, this Calvary church has stunning views over the surrounding landscape. The mountain itself has both a Pagan and Christian history, and is climbed by pilgrims each year on Reek Sunday (the last Sunday in July).

St Patrick's Chapel
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Viðareiði Church

Found on the island of Viðoy, Viðareiði church is surrounded by excellent hiking trails and some of the most inspiring scenery in the entire Faroe Islands.

Viðareiði Church
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Tintagel Castle Chapel

A small chapel dedicated to the unusual St Hulanus or Ulette, which was probably built before the medieval castle. It was constructed on top of the ruins of the Dark Age settlement.

Tintagel Castle Chapel