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12 Amazingly-Situated Monasteries (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/27/2010 5:04 pm EDT   Updated: 05/26/2011 4:05 pm EDT

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!

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Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan, 17th century
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The Taktsang or "Tiger’s Lair" monastery clings onto a sheer cliff at a dizzying altitude of 10,200 ft in Bhutan's Paro Valley, nestled in the Himalayas.
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