Church of Sant Miquel del Fai – Sant Quirze Safaja, Spain - Atlas Obscura

Church of Sant Miquel del Fai

Sant Quirze Safaja, Spain

An enchanting monastery in the Spanish countryside appears lifted from a fantasy tale. 


Chiseled out of the cliffside in Cataluña, Spain, this gorgeous monastery overlooks a plunging vista complete with a waterfall that runs straight through the architecture. 

Ancient monasteries are often beautiful, whether still working or lying in ruin. But the church at Sant Miguel del Fai is otherworldly in its setting. Masterfully carved out of solid rock on the face of a cliff, this nearly hidden place of worship has one of the best views in Spain.

As a rushing waterfall tumbles hundreds of feet into the emerald pool below, it’s hard not to imagine visiting (or living in) this place and easily attaining the peace and tranquility perpetually sought by the most devout religious groups and monks.

Know Before You Go

The monastery is currently closed for renovations, and the reopening date is unknown. Currently there is no access to the site and the main entry is chained.

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