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10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings

People always want to leave something behind or like to be created. That is why there are numerous stone carvings and relief carvings from ancient periods of time to remind us of what people used to be like. Most of these are found at UNESCO World Heritage sites and these are the most significant ones.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Dazu Rock Carvings in China

These carvings on the stone cliffs of Dazu created between the 9th and 13th centuries A.D. are a testimony towards the harmony China experienced in that period in what concerns the integration of religion, philosophy and culture in art.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Elephanta Caves in Gharapuri Island, India

This temple was carved in natural landscape in the 5th century and has been called to be one of the seven wonders of India. In the temple you can see various carvings of Hindu deities.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Kom el Shoqafa in Alexandria, Egypt

In the catacombs of Alexandria you can see everything from tombs to sculptures and other artifacts from Greek, Roman and Egyptian cultures. These are dated to be from the 2nd century and have been used as cemetery until the 4th century.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Angkor Wat in Cambodia

This temple is the largest religious monument in the world. It was built in the 12th century and is contains an intricacy of the reliefs and the minor female deities.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Apadana Palace in Persepolis, Iran

This palace has been built around 515 B.C. The front walls of the palace were carved with images of the Immortals of 300 fame—the Persian Kings’ noble guard.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Toranas in Sanchi, India

This is a small village in India, famous for its Buddhist memorials, known as “stupas”. The most impressive of them it’s the “Great Stupa,” constructed in the 3rd century B.C.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Mahabalipuram in India

The “Descent of the Ganges” or “Arjuna’s Penance” is recognized worldwide as the world’s largest preserved open-air relief. It is carved from monolithic rock.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Taq-e Bostan in Iran

These carvings lie along the Silk Road rout in the Zagros Mountains. They have been created between 226 A.D and 650 A.D. during the Sassanid Dynasty.

10 ancient reliefs and stone carvings Leshan Giant Buddha in China

This is the largest stone Buddha .It was carved out of a cliff in the Sichuan province around 713 A.D.by a monk who thought that this way he would pacify the tumultuous river.

 

 

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