Sacred Architecture: 5 Destinations Built Into Nature

Sacred Architecture: 5 Destinations Built Into Nature
The Sanctuary Madonna Della Corona church built into mountains,

Perched on craggy cliffs or built into mountains, these are some of the most jaw-dropping (and gravity-defying) religious structures in the world.

OT Staff
November 20 , 2022
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Getting to them is half the experience. And they'll have you wondering how they were built in the first place. Here are five spectacular religious destinations across the world that have been built into nature. One of these have even made it to a James Bond film. 

Ethiopia boasts of a heritage and cultural legacy dating back to the 'first men'. The country is on the global tourist map particularly because of the mountain town of Lalibela and its stunning rock-hewn churches. In the heart of this small town in northern Ethiopia are eleven spectacular churches that have been carved out of a single volcanic rock. Now, experts fears that the war in Ethiopia could result in destruction of this ancient holy city, a World Heritage listed site.


Located above Kalambaka, the monastery is believed to be founded in the early 13th century by monks seeking refuge. Getting to the place is a Herculean task thanks to the steep 140-steps climb. Incidentally, it featured in the 1981 Bond flick For Your Eyes Only.

 Paro Taktsang (Tiger Nest) in Upper Paro Valley, Bhutan. Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan most iconic landmark and religious site.

Dating back to 1530, the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona is built into the Baldo rocks above the Adige River in Verona, Italy.

This Gothic-style church in Colombia has been built on a side of a cliff on a gorge. The name translates to “the slabs” and it was built inside the canyon where the Guitara River flows.


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