Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

April 24, 2013

In China, there are a large number of truly beautiful caves that are among the most famous in the world, not only because of their beauty, but also their history. Among them are the Yungang grottoes, one of the three cave groups in China, where ancient history comes alive. The cliffs of Mount Wuzhou in Datong would never have looked so beautiful and picturesque if it were not for the legendary caves, which many people call the cradle of Buddhism.

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A kilometer area of ​​excavations along this mountain has already revealed 53 caves and more than 51,000 stone statues. This rich historical heritage was restored and preserved. Approaching this place you will find that it is divided into east, middle part and west.

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In the eastern region there are many pagodas, beautiful, ancient and serene. The caves in the western part have a large number of niches, they are quite small. In the middle part, Yungan houses the most beautiful caves, with their chambers in the front and back, and Buddha statues in the center.

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For lovers of history there is something to see. Yungan grottoes were launched in 450 AD er northern dynasty Wei. Traced traditional Chinese art, combined with social elements, which gives them an original shade of uniqueness. Indian Buddhist art Gandhara makes up most of the work here.

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Monk Tang Yao was the first to decide to start building here. Once here, you should definitely visit the largest cave, classified as number 6. With a height of over 20 meters, it is made in the style of the pagoda. Here is an amazing sculptural composition over 15 meters high with statues of Buddha and other decorative elements. The eastern, western and southern walls show 33 relief groups that tell the story of Saykamuni.

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Also interesting are the caves numbered 16-20. In addition to having some of the richest collections of ancient Chinese art and sculpture, as well as learning about the ancient history of Tang Yao. This place is carefully guarded by the state, because the Yungan Grottoes have really seen their share of wars and natural disasters for centuries.The 1900s were marked by a whole set of measures to restore and preserve this gem of Chinese history and culture. In 2001, the grottoes became a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.

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    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

    Yungan grottos and the cradle of Buddhism

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