March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015

Spiritual Niche

Photograph by Yann H., National Geographic Your Shot

Construction vehicles work the ground at the Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang in Henan Province, China. Situated along both banks of the Yi River, the site’s numerous caves and niches house thousands of Buddhist statues carved from the stone cliffs. Longmen’s works—including nearly 3,000 inscriptions—were carved during the late Northern Wei and early Tang dynasties, with the earliest carvings dating to the late fifth century.

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9 comments
Mark Angel
Mark Angel

Endangered Artifact? Strange and unusual photo.  I wonder how much it cost to pressure wash from all the human traffic. 

Eduard Bello
Eduard Bello

Nice picture I've been there last summer. Great place, but also.a lot of insciptions are lost during the years.

The park and walk is nice to do. The sideseeing boat is a must do.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Amazing picture.  The composition is great.  I wonder how they carved the earth 1600 years ago in comparison with the massive machines used today. 

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