Did you know that there are places in the world that exhibit certain gravitational anomalies? Well, there are actually places that stay perfectly balanced on mountain cliffs or at heights that seem to completely challenge gravity. If you’re intrigued to know them, here are our top picks.
1. Meteora monasteries, Greece
These Byzantine monasteries are perched on 60 million year old sandstone megaliths that rise to an average height of 1,000 feet. The sight of the monasteries seems to be the crowning of the rocks. Records indicate that they were built between the 14th and 17th centuries and are now one of the most visited tourist spots in Greece.
2. Cliff Palace, Colorado, United States
The 150-room Cliff Palace is perfectly under a natural shelter of sandstone rock in Mesa Verde National Park. Records suggest that the palace was built by ancestral Puebloans in the 13th century and was constructed with mortar, sandstone, wooden beams, and tiny pieces of stone embedded in the mortar to strengthen it. Today, it is known to be the largest and best-preserved cave dwelling in North America.
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3. Hanging temple in Shanxi, China
Built over 1,500 years ago, the Hanging Temple of Shanxi is a true architectural marvel. This temple is built on the side of a cliff near Mount Heng in Shanxi Province, China, and was built without wooden pillars, which appear to support it. With 40 rooms connected by a maze of passages, the temple was originally built by drilling holes in the cliff that support the temples.
4. Haid Al-Jazil, Yemen
This extraordinary hamlet of Haid Al-Jazil sits in the heart of Yemen’s desert valley, known for its notoriously hot and dry climate. If you plan to visit this place, you will find this 500 year old settlement comfortably seated on a rock that rises to a height of 100 meters above the ground, making it one of the most beautiful places and isolated to the world for visit. Interestingly, in 2004, during the last census, it was found that 17 people still lived there.
5. Monastery of Mount Popa, Burma
The sight of Mount Popa Monastery in Myanmar will fascinate you with its unique charm and ambiance. This place will definitely give you an otherworldly feeling, as you will be able to witness the rays of the sun breaking through the clouds and highlighting the monastery in a unique way. Built by a hermit at the beginning of the 20th century, it has today become an important place of worship for Buddhists as part of the Nat tradition. To reach the place, you have to climb 777 steps, as well as the constant threat of rhesus macaque monkeys that seem to guard the monastery.