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By Michael Dunn

Whether you are religious or not, it unquestionable that for millennia  civilizations have been inspired by their faiths to build and create the most spectacular structures. From the Pyramids in Egypt to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the list is endless.

Sometimes however, the devout really go the extra mile, and build temples in the most impossible locations. Here is a list of such places, prayer is not advised, and any injuries are ones own responsibility!

1. Mt. Huashan Monasteries, China

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Huashan is a mountain located in the city of Huayin in China, and is a place of high cultural and religious significance. It has one the world’s most dangerous trails (as can be seen in this picture), and has several taoist temples of spectacular beauty.

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2. Meteora Monasteries 

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The Metéora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under criteria.

four3. Taktshang Tigers Nest monastery, Bhutan 

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This incredible 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.

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4. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 

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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.

Here we can see a picture of this spectacular rock at dawn upon which the temple and monastery were built is a “magma plug”

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 Source: Niume

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By Michael Dunn Whether you are religious or not, it unquestionable that for millennia  civilizations have been inspired by their faiths to build and create the most spectacular structures. From the Pyramids in Egypt to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the list is endless. Sometimes however, the devout really go the...