Key Monastery/ Kye Gompa
The Key Monastery is the biggest monastery in the region and is one of the main learning centers for all the Lamas in Spiti. It is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Kaza. The monastery is house to some 100 odd monks who receive education here. It was established in the 11th century and is located at an altitude of 13,668 feet.
The walls of the ancient monastery are covered with rare paintings and murals, reflecting the 14th century architecture. It also houses some rare books, paintings and musical instruments and also images of Buddha. The monastery has three floors and the ground floor is beautifully decorated into an Assembly Hall and also has cells for monks. The monastery now belongs to the Gelugpa sect, along with Tabo Monastery and Drangtse Monastery.