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Pažaislis Monastery is awaiting those digital nomads who have a flair for art and history, Source: Pažaislis Monastery / Facebook

Lithuanian monastery offers refuge to digital nomads

Lithuanian monastery offers refuge to digital nomads

Peace and quiet in Baroque surroundings

European destinations are getting ever more creative in their quest to attract remote workers from around the world. The latest example comes from the Baltic country of Lithuania, where the largest monastery - Pažaislis – will open its doors to digital nomads. Euronews has described the initiative as “one of the world’s only monasteries” to offer such service.

Historical institutions moving into the new age

Pažaislis Monastery is quite the sight to behold, especially for lovers of history and architecture. It is the largest monastery in the country and is considered a jewel of Baroque architecture. It was founded in 1662 by a nobleman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania for the Order of the Camaldolese Hermits.

The Soviets, known for their anti-religious stance, used the premises of the monastery for an archive, a psychiatric hospital and an art gallery. Following Lithuanian independence in the 1990s, the site returned to its religious function and is now a female convent.

The monastery is located on the shores of the Kaunas Reservoir, which grants it a superb location. It is also near Lithuania’s second-largest city – Kaunas – so the possibility of an urban escape is never far off.

People willing to try it out, however, shouldn’t worry that they will have to share cells with the nuns and disturb their contemplation. The monastery complex also holds a hotel, called Monte Pacis, where the remote workers can stay in comfort and tranquillity.

The four-star hotel features Baroque-decorated rooms replete with canopied beds and wooden beamed ceilings. There is also a picturesque reading room surrounded by flowering lime trees. The on-site restaurant offers a Baroque menu and unique wines produced in monasteries across Europe.

Art enthusiasts can indulge in the more than 100 frescoes, painted by several Italian artists, which can still be seen inside the religious complex. The monastery’s church is crammed with ornate marble decoration making it Lithuania’s most opulent of its kind.

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