Perched on a dormant volcano near the village of Sigri, the Ypsilou Monastery was constructed in 1101. Ransacked by the Ottomans in the 1400s, it was later rebuilt and today houses a library and museum that are free and open to the public. Among its treasures are gold-embroidered stoles and ancient Bible covers. The extremely high elevation - "ypsilo" means high - allows visitors to see all the way to the coast of Asia Minor on a clear day.
Sigri, Lesbos, Lesbos Prefecture, Greece