RELIGION
02/22/2014 09:09 pm ET Updated Feb 22, 2014

Precarious Monasteries Reveal Faith Close To The Edge (PHOTOS)

Built on the edge of what is architecturally possible, these monasteries cling to rock faces, lava pillars and mountaintop. The holy sites are the chosen residences of monks who dwell in these lofty heights to escape from the distractions of society.

Taktsang Palphug Monastery, also known as "Tiger's Nest"
taktsang monastery
Paro Valley, Bhutan

Xuan Kong Si Monastery, also called Datong Temple
datong temple
Shanxi, China

Sumela Monastery
sumela monastery
Altindere Valley, Turkey

Metéora Monasteries
meteora
Plain of Thessaly, Greece

Mont-Saint Michel Monastery Manche, France

Popa Taungkalat Monastery
popa taungkalat
Myanmar

St. George Monastery
stgeorge monastery israel
Israel

Phugtal Gompa
phugtal gompa
Zanskar, India

Simonopetra monastery
mount athos monastery
Mount Athos, Greece

Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
hozoviotissa
Amorgos, Greece

Madonna Del Sasso
madonna del sasso
Lake Maggiore, Switzerland

Der Mar Musa Al-Habashi
mar musa monastery
An-Nabk District, Syria

Yumbulagang
yumbulagang
Yarlung Valley, Tibet


Monastery Of Ostrog
ostrog monastery
Montenegro

Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou
canigou
Pyrenees Mountains, France

h/t to Scribol

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