thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like: a breathtaking performance.

1875–80; breath + take + -ing2

breathtakingly, adverb Unabridged
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breathtaking (ˈbrɛθˌteɪkɪŋ)
causing awe or excitement: a breathtaking view

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Word Origin & History

1880, from breath + prp. of take. Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864.
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Example sentences
Travelers can visit temples and churches so breathtaking they must have been
  built with divine inspiration.
Yet its defining feature remains its breathtaking setting.
Even with the construction work and scaffolding, the place was breathtaking.
His audacity is breathtaking, his imagination infectious, his humor as vicious
  as it is delectable.
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