The Silk Road: Longmen Grottoes

On my trip along the Silk Road, we stopped by the Longmen Grottoes. This was a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2000 the site was inscribed upon the UNESCOWorld Heritage List as “an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity,” for its perfection of an art form, and for its encapsulation of the cultural sophistication of Tang China.“—- Wikipedia

The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving.“—- UNESCO

Not all parts of the grotto was opened to the public. Some parts were closed off by a wooden door to prevent further damage from air pollution.

It was an impressive collection of Buddha carvings.

Can you name one other place with similar carvings?

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