The Monk living on top of a 131 ft pillar | Maxime Qavtaradze getting closer to God

Meet Maxime Qaxtaradze, a 59 year-old monk who lives on top of Katskhi Pillar in Georgia. In order to get home he must scale a 131 ft ladder which takes him 20 minutes, because he only leaves the pillar twice the week his followers have brought it upon themselves to winch supplies up to him. Maxime has lived a life of virtual solitude on top of this Pillar high above his Georgian Monastery for 20 years. But having worked as a crane operator before taking his orders in 1993, Maxime has always had a head for heights. He said: ‘It is up here in the silence that you can feel God’s presence.’

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