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Monastery Architecture


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rhb007 Silver Member Nikonian since 13th May 2009
Thu 18-Oct-12 05:16 AM | edited Fri 19-Oct-12 02:12 AM by avm247

I thought this would fit the Architectural Group because these monasteries are a unique architecture. This one, The Tiger's Nest, Taktshang Monastery, is very unique as it is located on a ledge of a granite cliff, 4000 feet high. Think of a church located on a ledge on the face of Half Dome in Yosemite, and you have an idea of this building. It is accessible only by a relatively steep hiking path about a mile long. All the material had to be brought to the site by carrying it. The legend is that Guru Ripoche who founded it, flew there on the back of a flying tiger.
I took the picture in a vertical to try to give some idea of height and location. I also have some larger shots of the building, but I didn't think they showed its unique location.

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