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BTS: Climbing 2,500 Feet to Photograph One of the Most Inaccessible Churches in Africa


There are some things in this world that are impossible to photograph without the willingness to make a little sacrifice and step out of your comfort zone. Such was the case with photographer Philip Lee Harvey, who took it upon himself to photograph what is referred to by some as the ‘world’s most dangerous church.’

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The church, which is dug into the side of a cliff, sits roughly 2,500 feet above the ground. To access it, you must scale a portion of the cliff, walk on numerous narrow bridges and finally hop skip and jump your way into the entrance.

If you’re willing to take take the leap of faith, what you’re rewarded though is a small-but-beautiful room, adorned with intricate carvings and frescos that have been carved and drawn onto the walls of the room.

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Harvey finishes up the six minute video, which was made in collaboration with Lonely Planet, with an vaguely inspirational insight that came to him while on this photo journey. He says,

This the most extraordinary place I think I’ve ever been. Maybe the effort is part of it; the adrenaline is pumping and you just don’t expect to find the most beautiful frescos in a church so high up.

Getting the best shot isn’t always easy, but along the way you might come across more than you expected and walk away with far more inspiration than ever before.