Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

º World's Most Amazing Temples

Tiger's Nest Monastery
Perched precariously on the edge of a 3,000-feet-high cliff in Paro Valley and one of the holiest places in Bhutan

Wat Rong Khun
Unlike any Buddhist temples in the world from Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia.
The temple was built in 850 CE, and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250 surrounding smaller ones.

Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda)
Legend has it that it is 2,500 years old though archaeologists estimate that it was built between the 6th and 10th century in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

Temple of Heaven
Taoist temple in Beijing, the capital of China. The temple was constructed in 14th century by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty

Chion-in Temple
Built in 1234 CE to honor the founder of Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhism, a priest named Honen, who fasted to death in the very spot.

In the 19th century, Dutch occupiers of Indonesia found a massive ancient ruin deep in the jungles of Java. What they discovered was the complex of Borobudur, a gigantic structure built with nearly 2 million cubic feet (55,000 m³) of stones. The temple has nearly 2,700 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

Harmandir Sahib
The Harmandir Sahib (meaning The Abode of God) or simply the Golden Temple [wiki] in Punjab, India is the most sacred shrine of Sikhism.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
The Temple of Srirangam in the Indian city of Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy), is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world (Ankor Wat is the largest of all temple, but it is currently non-functioning as a temple - see below).

Ankor Wat
Largest temple in history and the inspiration to countless novels and action movies of Hollywood.

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