Let's See Those Places Living on the Edge

Around the globe, in some of the most remote locations exist magnificent dwellings, ancient homes, and even hotels that appear like impossible feats of architecture. These picturesque structures are carved into mountainsides and dangle from cliff ledges; clinging to the edges of the world and surrounded by unforgettable mystic. They are shining examples of the amazing capabilities of both early and modern humans to create wonder.

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Dangling from the crevices of Mount Hengshan is a 5th-century wonder. Appearing to float alongside the mountain is the Hanging Temple of Hengshan. Located in Datong, China, the temple was constructed during the Northern Wei Dynasty. The temple honors the religions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Dating back to the 15th-18th centuries, the city of Cuenca experienced unparalleled growth. However, nestled atop a hill in Spain, the city lacked the space to expand. So, city planners decided to look upward and outward to accommodate the population. Known as the “hanging houses” these dwellings cling to edges of cliffs in gravity-defying stunts of design. Across the Balearic Sea, Masua mining operations needed help with their shipping woes. Italian engineer Cesare Vecelli created an ingenious solution. He designed Porto Flavia, a port built into the face of rocky cliff Materials could then be easily lowered to passing ships. Those are just a tiny sample of a few of our favorites, now we’d like to see yours!

In the thread below, tell us about some of your favorite places that reside on the edge. How was it constructed, what’s its history, and how did you get there? What did you find most intriguing? Who constructed the structure and what was its purpose? Were you terrified, tell us about it? Be sure to include any pictures you might have as well, and drop in your Instagram handle. Your response and photo may be included in an upcoming round-up article on Atlas Obscura.


Montezuma’s Castle is really cool. Not only is the carving really intricate, the fact that it was built in a place that’s so hard to reach makes it much more astonishing, especially considering how long ago it was built with limited technology

Mexico’s El Tepozteco pyramid is not impressive for the size or architecture of the structure itself, but rather for its location atop a dramatic rock formation:
Tepozteco Blanco by David Cabrera, en Flickr

Bit difficult to make out from the town of Tepoztlán in the valley below, but this point of view gives an idea of the location.
Pequeño Tepozteco by David Cabrera, en Flickr

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As always @linkogecko thanks for sharing!! Cool pics :beers: