There are countless sacred places on Earth from different religions. But there are those holy sites located in precarious places. These religious structures are situated on high lands, on cliff slopes, and other dangerous land formations.
Here are the most precarious holy places on Earth:
- Abuna Yemata Guh, Ethiopia. In northern Ethiopia, there is a church carved on a 2,000 feet rock face. This church dates back in the 15th century. This place requires immense faith as you trek its dangerous, steep and rocky path.
- Sumela Monastery, Turkey. In the Trabzon City in Turkey, there is a 1,600 years old church perched 1,200 meters high above sea level. It is locate in the middle of a cave called the “Rock Church.”
- Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Bhutan. This is one of the most popular religious sights in Bhutan situated on the Paro Valley’s cliffs, which is 3,000 meters above sea level. This monastery is also called Tiger’s Nest.
- Iglesia de los Remedios, Mexico. Situated on Aztec sacred grounds, this church dates back in the 16th century. It has a beautiful but dangerous backdrop of the Popocatépetl volcano.
- Uluwatu Temple, Bali. This is one of the main Hindu temples in Bali situated on a cliff with the waves crashing right beneath it. This holy place will give you a spectacular sunset.
- Tanah Lot, Bali. This holy place is located on the same island as the Uluwatu Temple. This temple sits on a rock formation on the ocean.
- Church of St. John, Macedonia. This Orthodox Church gives you a wonderful panorama as it sits on a cliff overlooking the Kaneo Beach of Lake Ohrid.
- Changchun Shrine, Taiwan. This sacred place is also called the Eternal Spring shrine. A deadly landslide occurred here back in 1987.
- Meteora Monastery, Greece. This monastery stands on rock formations high above the Peneas Valley. This is place is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Its name literally translates to Greek as “suspended in the air.”
- Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia. This basilica can be found within the great canyon of Colombia’s Guáitara River.