Wednesday, October 22, 2008

China - Mogao Grottoes (CN-27258)

This one was my 100th official postcard received through Postcrossing! :) I'm glad that the 100th is so beautiful and I'll remember it for sure :) It shows the frescoes in the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang.

The Mogao Caves, or Mogao Grottoes (Chinese: 莫高窟; pinyin: mò gāo kū) (also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas and Dunhuang Caves) form a system of 492 temples 25km (15.5 miles) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. Construction of the Buddhist cave shrines began in 366 CE as places to store scriptures and art. The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient sculptural sites of China.


1 comment:

Martinha said...

And this is an unesco world heritage site!
I've started to collect unesco cards maybe a few months ago. I know is kind of complicated to get all the sites but i like the idea of getting something new on my mailbox and because there's a lot of sites, it's easier to get a new unesco site then gettting new countries :P
The Centennial Hall in Wroclaw is 1 one the places i still miss from Poland. I'll send you an u2u now :)