Often monasteries, especially Buddhist, are located in remote places, far away from the buzzing cities and towns. The idea is that the monks can be closer to the Lord in a place where there is peace and privacy. But today, most of the monasteries, which you will find in this post - are popular attractions. The monasteries are still beautiful and majestic, and to ascend to one of them, you will need a lot of patience and effort. Better to have a spare pair of legs, if you plan to visit one of these sites.
Meteora, Greece ("suspended in the air" or "in heaven" in Greek) - a group of six monasteries and one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece.
Six monasteries built on natural sandstone rock pillars, is one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation in the sacred place.
The monasteries are built on stone pillars deltaic origin, known as Meteora, which stretch for 400 meters above the valley of the river and the small town of Kalambaka.
Today, only 4 monasteries have monks living in them.
Initially, the path to the monastery was very difficult - needed a ladder to move people and goods. In the 1920s, innovation was introduced in the form of steps cut into the rock and the bridge from the nearby plateau.
Buddhist monastery on Mount Popa, Myanmar Monastery Taung Kalat is located on the top of a volcanic formation 737 metres above sea level, about 50 km south-east of Bagan, near the extinct volcano of Popa. To the monastery can be reached by 777 steps, and the hard way is worth it - with a beautiful view of the mountains.
There is a large caldera 610 m wide and 914 m deep, so from different perspectives mountain takes different forms. If view isn't enough, then there are lots of monkeys, which tourists are allowed to feed
Taktsang Lhakhang Monastery, Bhutan, also known as Tiger's Nest, is located on a dangerous cliff about 900 meters above the valley of Paro in Bhutan. Rock slopes are very steep - almost vertical and very dangerous.
Although the monastery seems unapproachable, you can get to it from several directions.
Road leading to the monastery passes through the forest, decorated with colorful prayer flags and moss. It is often shrouded by clouds, which gives the whole travelling experience even more magical.
Panagia Sumela Monastery, Sumela, was built on a rocky cliff in Turkey. It is an important tourist attraction, located at an altitude of 1200 meters. The monastery was founded in 386 AD, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius I (375 - 395 years.)
After the First World War and the beginning of the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey, the monastery was deserted. It stood empty for decades, and then it was partially restored and brought back to life as a museum.
Hanging Monastery, China.
Hanging Monastery is located in the canyon at the foot of Mount Hengshan in Shanxi Province in China. The temple is built on the rocks, about 75 meters above the ground and supported by concealed corridors in the rock and wood beams, built in the mountains.
More than 40 rooms, offices and halls with interconnected corridors, bridges and crossings. Total area of this monastery is 152.5 square meters. They are evenly spaced and well-balanced in height. Inside there are more than 80 copper and iron statues, clay sculptures and stone relief's. The temple was built to escape the floods and use the mountain as protection from rain, snow and sun. Today it is one of the main attractions and historical sites in the region.