Monasteries are known for their quiet solitude, so it’s little wonder that they’re often built in secluded spots. But some take seclusion to a whole other level. Many are not only far from civilization, but also difficult to travel to, requiring long hikes or climbs up cliff faces. From a monastery on a remote island in Montenegro to a temple that seems to hang from the side of a mountain in China, see here 11 monasteries that exemplify cloistered living. But these spiritual sites are worth the trek, not only for their unique architecture, historical significance, and ornate decoration, but also for their stunning surroundings.