12 Amazingly-Situated Monasteries (PHOTOS)

10/27/2010 05:04 pm ET | Updated May 26, 2011

Monasticism is an important institution in many religions, especially Buddhism and Christianity. In part for defense, and in part to facilitate the process of detachment from worldly concerns, monasteries were often built in highly remote and inaccessible areas.

Here are the Huffington Post's picks of 12 beautiful, precariously-situated monasteries around the world. Simply unworldly!

Amazingly Situated Monasteries
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