BUILT INTO CLIFFSIDES AND ATOP MOUNTAINS, THESE GRAVITY-DEFYING MARVELS ARE TRUE WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD.
Of all the wonders of the ancient world, faith-related architecture is perhaps the most formidable. Irrespective of religion, ancient places of worship were such remarkable feats of ingenuity that one questions if there was some sort of competition to see who could build the most awe-inspiring complex.
If that were the case, the architects of temples and monasteries surely would have won. Some of these were built in the most hostile, inaccessible places: into mountainsides above the clouds, on the peaks of rock monuments, and on the edges of sheer cliffs. The purpose was twofold: to isolate the faithful from the world of sin and temptation, and to elevate them to a higher place — both physically and spiritually. Not to mention such locales would separate the wheat from the chaff: only the most devout would invest the time and effort to get there.
These wonders of the ancient world exist to this day, and many are accessible to visitors, albeit with some effort.