|UNESCO #1003 - The Longmen Grottoes, Hunan Province - CHINA|
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Longmen Grottoes - CHINA - UNESCO #1003
The Chinese art of stone carving reached its peek during the 5th and 6th centuries and it was mainly in that period that the Longmen Grottoes were carved with thousands of Buddhist statues. Thank you very much Ines for this card and the nice message you wrote. As for my UNESCO collection, 389 down, 592 to go. This postcard took 16 days to arrive!
The Longmen Grottoes, located on bothsides of the Yi River to the south of the ancient capital of Luoyang, Henan province, comprise more than 2,300 caves and niches carved into the steep limestone cliffs over a 1km long stretch. These contain almost 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, more than 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on steles. These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving.