High altitude monasteries around the world

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Monastic Marvels In The Heavens
Were the monks who built these marvels seeking to be closer to God or were they perhaps more prosaically seeking reclusion and safety?
Whatever the reason, you have to admire the sheer tenacity, skill and effort that went into building these high-altitude sanctuaries through backbreaking labour. What a tribute to their faith!!
I've as yet been to none of these, proof that there are still more wonders to be seen in the world than we shall ever have the time to cover completely.
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High altitude monasteries around the world

  1. 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobwitlox/370023370/sizes/l/ Tigers Nest Monastery, Bhutan – Picture: Bob Witlox 2/24
  2. 2. The Hanging Temple Xuan Kong Si, Datong, China – Picture: Emmanuel Brunner 3/24 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Xuankongsi.jpg
  3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/14053783@N05/2191284301/sizes/o/ Monastery of St Martin, Pyrenees, France – Picture: an.thonon 4/24
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/publiustx/2510080863/sizes/l/ Hozoviotissa Monastery, Amorgos, Isles of Amorgos, Greece – Picture: Publius TX 5/24
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/avi_abrams/1450680614/sizes/l/ Meteora Monastery, Thessaly, Greece – Picture: Avi Abrams 6/24
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/46159968@N00/871316823/sizes/l/ The Monastery of Varlaám, Thessaly, Greece – Picture: fkypegassus 7/24
  7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/avi_abrams/1449822859/sizes/o/ Monastery of The Holy Trinity, Thessaly, Greece – Picture: Avi Abrams 8/24
  8. 8. Monastery Grigoriou, Mount Athos, Greece – Picture: Imke Heyder 9/24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/uempe/3720581325/
  9. 9. The Monastery of Roussanou, Thessaly, Greece – Picture: verswe 10/24 http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Greece/Thessaly/Trikala/Meteora/photo1310945.htm
  10. 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oum/1361158391/sizes/l/ Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India – Picture: Krisnaendu Sar 11/24
  11. 11. Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India – Picture: Matso 12/24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matso/4597171847/
  12. 12. Kye Monastery Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India – Picture: Peter Krimbacher 13/24 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ki-Gompa_Spiti.jpg
  13. 13. Popa Luang Kala Monastery, Myanmar - Picture: Hoorobushi http://www.pocketburgers.com/2009/11/most-beautiful-yet-precariously-placed.html 14/24
  14. 14. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/07/news/la-trb-everest-base-camp-20111206 Nepal - Picure: Zozi 15/24
  15. 15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/avi_abrams/1472937989/sizes/o/ Sigiriya, Srilanka Picure: Avi Abrams 16/24
  16. 16. http://www.flickr.com/photos/harlekino/2422052772/sizes/l/in/set-72157604596654693/ Montserrat Monastery, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – Picture: Harlekino 17/24
  17. 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcaist/1560010007/sizes/l/ Madonna del Sasso:, Locarno, Switzerland – Picture: Patrick Theiner 18/24
  18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/200000/169469458/sizes/z/ Mar Mousa Monastery, Damascus, Syria – Picture: Hovic 19/24
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidonformosa/1783031684/sizes/l/ Ling Jiou Mountain Monastery, Taiwan – Picture: David Reid 20/24
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertf/88184621/sizes/l/ Yumbulagang Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet - Picture: RobertF 21/24
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/toucheaven/71038104/sizes/z/ Patola Palace, Lhasa, Tibet - Picture: ToucHeaven 22/24
  22. 22. Cave Monasteries of Cappadocia, Turkey - Picture: Curios Expeditions 23/24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/curiousexpeditions/3054790366/
  23. 23. Sumela Monastery, Turkey - Picture: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen 24/24 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sumela_Showing_Location.JPG

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