These ancient monastic structures are 10 of the most awe-inspiring monasteries, abbeys and sanctuaries in the world.
The spectacular places of worship vary in their design and longevity; some were built as recently as the 1980’s while others were carved out of stones as far back as 1,400 years ago. Also, many of the stunning sacred sites were built on top of very high cliffs and mountains that acted as barriers of contention against the pillaging and the never ending wars and skirmishes that prevailed in those times.
The monasteries are scattered all over Asia, Europe and Northern Africa.
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