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The Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery in China.

Built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) in Shanxi province , the Hanging Monastery was built more than 1,500 years ago.
The temple was constructed by drilling holes into the cliff side and inserting crossbeams halfway to serve as the foundation.  How did they do this 1,500 years ago?


If you look carefully above, you will see somebody walking on this uninviting stairway.


Those Crazy Monks [via Nina Reznick]

Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan
This temple complex was first built in 1692, around a cave where a revered  Guru Padmansambhanva is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century.  Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan.

The monastery buildings consist of four main temples and residential shelters designed by adapting to the rock (granite) ledges and eight caves.  All the buildings are interconnected through steps and stairways made in rocks. There are a few rickety wooden bridges along the paths and stairways also to cross over.


The temple at the highest level has a frieze of Buddha. Each building has a balcony, which provides lovely views of the scenic Paro valley down below.

Special permission is required for non-Bhutanese to visit the monastery, usually granted only to practicing Buddhists on a religious retreat.

Young monk peeks out of temple.

More Excellent Old Photos via Cacciatore

London in                                                          the 1920's ~                                                          Telephone                                                          Engin

A Strongwoman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest.  1920

London, in the 1920s, this was a telephone engineer.  What a job!

Two young girls in a West Germans street chat with their grandparents in the window of their home in the Eastern sector, separated only by a barbed wire barricade.
It was a common occurrence for families, who had once only lived on the opposite side of the street from one another, to become separated by the ever growing Berlin Wall.

A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900s.  This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life.