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The Katskhi Pillar



In the Seventh Century, monks built a monastery on the top of a natural stone pillar outside of Chiatura, Georgia. It was used by the Stylites -- Christian ascetics who lived on top of pillars to express their devotion. That sect is now extinct, but the monastery is still there. Visitors get to the top by climbing a 130 foot ladder.

Link | Photo: Ivane Goliadze

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Oh, and we're talking Georgia, the country, not Georgia, the state, right? Doesn't look like the Georgia I have on my mind...
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