<p>This monastery clings to a cliff in the Paro Valley of <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destination/bhutan" target="_blank">Bhutan</a>, where the “Second Buddha” is believed to have meditated.</p>

Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

This monastery clings to a cliff in the Paro Valley of Bhutan, where the “Second Buddha” is believed to have meditated.

Photograph by Julian Bound, Nat Geo Image Collection

38 Holy Places With Awe-Inspiring Architecture

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For millennia, humans across religions and belief systems have built architectural wonders to honor higher powers. Using the finest materials and painstaking details, these buildings serve as powerful locations for religious ceremonies, while allowing travelers to discover insight into the local culture and history. Here are some of the most spectacular spiritual houses of worship around the world.

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