Some of the world’s most incredible places of worship and spiritual study are also some of the most difficult to access. Most of the time, this was intentional in the design of the complex.
Whether perched on a cliff, hidden in high mountains, or built into the side of rock formations, these monasteries, temples and abbeys were designed to isolate and test the dedication of the monks and nuns who inhabit them, bringing them closer to God in a place of peace.
Though some of these ancient monasteries are no longer in use, all of them make for fascinating travel destinations, especially for those interested in religion, architecture, history and geology. If that sounds like you, read on for 15 of the world’s most isolated monasteries: