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

By Daily Mail Reporter

When you’re trying to connect with your god, it helps to find some peace and quiet, if you can.
But that was, indeed, no such problem for the architects of these impossibly built monasteries.
Constructed at dizzying heights on the sides of mountains, they ensured only the most devoted – and vertigo-free – followers would join them for prayer.
Gripping: This gravity-defying hanging monastery clings to the side of Mt Huashan in China and is only accessible via steep and dangerous paths

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

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
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
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
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

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
Many were only accessible by steep and secret paths in order to provide the most seclusion as they sought uninterrupted spiritual awakening.
By far the most precarious is a monastery that dangles seemingly in defiance of the laws of physics on the side of Mt Huashan in China.
Located around 75 miles east from Xi’an City of Shaanxi Province, Mt Huashan is known as ‘The number one precipitous mountain under Heaven’. It is one of the five sacred mountains in China.
It is home to several influential Taoist temples where emperors of past dynasties made pilgrimages, making Mt Huashan the holy land of Taoism.
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

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
Prayers at 3,900ft: Visitors survey the incredible buildings of the Sumela monastery which was built, on southern shore of the Black Sea, during the reign of Emporer Theodosius I

Prayers at 3,900ft: Visitors survey the incredible buildings of the Sumela monastery which was built, on southern shore of the Black Sea, during the reign of Emporer Theodosius I
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

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
Head for heights: French mountain climber Catherine Destivelle during her ascension of the Rocher Saint Esprit, in the Meteora, with the Monastery of Roussanou located on a parallel summit (right)

Head for heights: French mountain climber Catherine Destivelle during her ascension of the Rocher Saint Esprit, in the Meteora, with the Monastery of Roussanou located on a parallel summit (right)
Path to enlightenment: A stunning scene showing the Monastery of Roussanou in what must one of the most serene places in the world

Path to enlightenment: A stunning scene showing the Monastery of Roussanou in what must one of the most serene places in the world
Balancing act: The monastery of Roussanou at the base of a stone tower in Meteora, Greece in a picture taken in 1985

Balancing act: The monastery of Roussanou at the base of a stone tower in Meteora, Greece in a picture taken in 1985
A man is hoisted up 250ft in a cargo net to the Monastery of St Barlaam, which is the only way to access the building
The Monastery of St Barlaam
Nerve-wracking: A man is hoisted 250ft in a net, the only way to access the Monastery of St Barlaam (right), which also forms part of the Meteora complex in Greece
In Bhutan, the Taktshang Tiger’s Nest monastery clings to a cliff 2,300ft above the Paro Valley floor.
According to legend, it takes its name from the ‘second Buddha’, Precious Guru Padmasambhava, who travelled to the site on a tiger.
Some visitors have reportedly fallen to their death on the way up after apparently losing their footing.
But the desire to build in such vertigo-inducing places isn’t just confined to Asia. Turkey has its own, the monastery of Sumela, perched at an altitude of 3,900ft.
Rich heritage: The ruins of the Sigiriya, or Lion's Rock, in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, which was used as a monastery from around the 5th Century BC

Rich heritage: The ruins of the Sigiriya, or Lion’s Rock, in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, which was used as a monastery from around the 5th Century BC
Magnificent: Visitors ascend the stairway to the ancient structure, which contains caves prepared by devotees of the Buddhist Sangha

Magnificent: Visitors ascend the stairway to the ancient structure, which contains caves prepared by devotees of the Buddhist Sangha
Steeped in history: The legs and paws of a lion still remain either side of the entrance to the fortress, but the head fell down years ago

Steeped in history: The legs and paws of a lion still remain either side of the entrance to the fortress, but the head fell down years ago
Idyllic: The rock, pictured here at dawn, upon which the temple and monastery were built is a 'magma plug'

Idyllic: The rock, pictured here at dawn, upon which the temple and monastery were built is a ‘magma plug’
Easy does it: A visitor navigates the stone stairs leading up to the temple and fortress of Sigiriya, but this path is by no means the most perilous compared to those approaching other monasteries
Easy does it: A visitor navigates the stone stairs leading up to the temple and fortress of Sigiriya, but this path is by no means the most perilous compared to those approaching other monasteries
Beautiful: Sigiriya is framed by symmetrical water gardens which extend to the foot of the rock. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

Beautiful: Sigiriya is framed by symmetrical water gardens which extend to the foot of the rock. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
It was created in 386AD during the reign of Emporer Theodosius I apparently after two priests discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain.
As with most of these great buildings, they aren’t the easiest to access. In Greece, the Roussanou Monastery could only be accessed by baskets lifted by pulleys, until roads, steps and bridges were contructed in the 1920s.
It is one of six active monasteries in the Meteora complex, one the largest and most important developments of its kind, only behind Mount Athos.
The monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pinnacles near the Pinios.
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

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
A cut above: Rather than clinging to it, this temple was carved into the rock in the region of Cappadocia in Turkey. Frescoes can be seen around the entrance

A cut above: Rather than clinging to it, this temple was carved into the rock in the region of Cappadocia in Turkey. Frescoes can be seen around the entrance
Another stunning piece of architecture, which also places a rock at the heart of its construction, is Sigiriya, or Lion’s Rock, in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka.
Built on a ‘magma plug’, the sacred city contains the ruins of the original temple, which dates back to 500AD.
The legs and paws of a lion still remain either side of the entrance, but the head fell down years ago. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
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

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
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 Trebuie sa fii temerar ca sa te duci pe varfurile acelea,sa te rogi sa iti gasesti linistea…
locuri izolate…departe de ochii lumii…
legende…
Eu de aici ,ma intreb cum oare au fost construite …
am fost la multe manastiri situate prin poieni linistite,,altele in paduri,dar inca nu am ajuns la vreuna asemanatoare celor din imagini…
chiar parca nu ai cuvinte privindu-le…

19 comentarii

  1. convietuire said,

    Iunie 25, 2012 la 23:22

    in cele mai ciudate locuri….

    • yousef59 said,

      Iunie 25, 2012 la 23:54

      izolare la inaltimi ametitoare…

      pe ce cai abrupte se ajunge acolo
      cate secrete or fi in sculpturile acelea in stanca
      arhitecturi uimitoare!

  2. Aliosa said,

    Iunie 26, 2012 la 11:09

    Ce face omul cu mâna lui și lui DUMNEZEU îi place !
    Locuri pline de mister și MĂNĂSTIRI superbe !
    O zi frumoasă !
    „ La DRAPEL , pentru ONOR ÎNAINTE ” !
    http://aliosapopovici.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/
    Alioșa.

  3. dagatha said,

    Iunie 26, 2012 la 15:52

    Impresionante…

    • yousef59 said,

      Iunie 26, 2012 la 16:49

      si eu am avut un sentiment de respect …de admiratie la vederea lor

  4. rusky swine said,

    Iunie 27, 2012 la 09:18

    rusky swine…

    […]MANASTIRI… « mai multe…despre…[…]…

  5. Hapi said,

    Iunie 27, 2012 la 23:29

    Ce frumuseti!
    La Meteora a fost maica-mea dar din pacate nu mi-a adus poze decat foarte putine 😦

    • yousef59 said,

      Iunie 27, 2012 la 23:48

      Ma bucur ca a fost!
      Eu tocmai ma gandeam cum sa mai gestionez bugetul … cheltuieli cat mai putine ca sa imi ramana de o vacanta…
      tot manastiri as alege 🙂

  6. cafeauata said,

    Iunie 28, 2012 la 17:07

    Superbe locuri si lacasuri. A fost o placere sa le vad, multumesc!

  7. Iulie 2, 2012 la 12:22

    Hi Cecilia,
    I came across your blog and stopped to say hi, thanks for sharing and wow, a lovely blog certainly worthy of a follow 🙂
    If you have a chance please stop by my photo blogs http://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com , please let me know your thoughts. Thanks and Regards Mark

  8. Alex said,

    Iulie 22, 2012 la 07:43

    La Meteora am reuşit să ajung şi am rămas cu nişte impresii deosebite!
    Foarte frumoase locuri ai adunat în acest articol!
    O zi frumoasă! 🙂

    • yousef59 said,

      Iulie 22, 2012 la 16:44

      Cred ca multa lume ar dori sa le viziteze…sa se roage…
      Tot binele!

  9. Lorena said,

    August 30, 2012 la 15:45

    ADEVARATE MINUNATII!

    • yousef59 said,

      Septembrie 2, 2012 la 11:34

      Asa este…
      Macar virtual am ajuns si eu acolo…

      • Lorena said,

        Septembrie 3, 2012 la 08:11

        Bine ar fi sa avem timp sai bani sa putem ajunge live nu numai virtual…sunt atat de multe locuri care merita vazute

      • yousef59 said,

        Septembrie 3, 2012 la 11:40

        De cele mai multe ori lipsa banilor ne blocheaza orice elan…
        Da,in lumea asta sunt multe locuri minunate!


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