On a wing and a prayer: The extraordinary hanging monasteries that cling to the sides

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    These photos will blow you away. Truly breathtaking and wonderous.

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    Gripping: This gravity-defying hanging monastery clings to the side of Mt Huashan in China and is only accessible via steep and dangerous paths


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    Closer to their god: The Taktshang Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a cliff 2,300ft above the Paro Valley floor in Bhutan at such a height it looks down on the clouds


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    Complete isolation: According to legend, the Tiger's Nest takes its name from the 'second Buddha', Precious Guru Padmasambhava, who travelled to the site on a tiger


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    Between a rock and a hard place: The Holy Trinity is part of the Meteora - which translates as 'suspended in the air' - complex of monasteries in Greece, one of the largest collections of such buildings in the country


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    Vertigo-inducing: The Sumela monastery in Turkey was created 386AD apparently after two priests discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain



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    Don't look down! The monasteries of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas (left) and Agia Roussanou (right) in Greece, which form part of the Meteora complex of precariously placed buildings


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    Panoramic: The monastery of St Stephen, part of the Meteora complex in Greece, was built in the middle of 16th and decorated in or around 1545

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    Up on high: The Holy Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapausas in Meteora, Greece, which was built in the 16th Century and decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas in 1527

    Read more: On a wing and a prayer: The extraordinary hanging monasteries that cling to the sides of cliffs | Mail Online
     
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    So THAT'S where I left it!
     
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    One of the funniest comments I read at the daily mail (paraphrasing here) with some one musing on how the heck they built the monasteries...

    "Bummer if you dropped your hammer".
     
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    They had to built them there to keep the Jehovas Witlesses away !
     

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