12/01/2012 10:51 am ET Updated Jan 31, 2013

Destinations Where Architecture Meets Geology (PHOTOS)

From a modern hotel in an ancient land to a centuries-old monastery, these attractions show what happens when ingenious peoples are stuck between a rock and a hard place. As permanent as they are striking, these attractions allow visitors to climb and hike while also enjoying the legacies of ancient cultures.

Though not for the faint of heart, these destinations offer a rustic rebuttal to the appeal of the city.

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