|UNESCO #561 - Golden Temple, Dambulla - SRI LANKA|
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Golden Temple of Dambulla - SRI LANKA - UNESCO #561
Another beautiful postcard from the remote island of Sri Lanka, this time showing one of the many giant statues of Buddha in Dambulla, among many others, in metal or stone, made in different styles in the last 2200 years. Thanks a million Du, my collection is much richer thanks to you. This postcard took 15 days to arrive!
The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century BC and occupied continuously until today. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.