Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Anthony's Monastery, Florence, AZ

This Greek Orthodox Monastery was started in the Arizona desert by 6 monks in 1995. Several chapels, orchards of citrus and olive and flower gardens are tended by around 40 monks today.
It is a delightful place to visit and is a photographers dream. Interior of the chapels are decorated in the Greek style with many beautiful religious icons. Note the use of exquisite lace and wood carving. Exteriors are also in the Greek architecture in stone and wood. Palms and pine trees line the walkways.

Check their website for visiting hours, rules and directions.

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