Mogao Caves


Mogao Caves are the nation key cultural relic preservation organ, is named Thousand Buddhas Cave, is situated west the Hexi Corridor end Dunhuang, is world famous by the fine mural and the cast. Its beginning constructs is form Qin times, has been through repeatedly 16 countries, the Northern Dynasty, Sui, Tang, five generations, Tangut , the Yuan and so on all previous dynasties constructing, forms the huge scale, existing cavern 735, the mural 45,000 square meter, argillaceous painted sculpture 2,415, are in the world the extant scale is biggest, the content richest Buddhism art place. Since the modern times had discovered the Buddhist scripture, in had 50,000 ancient times cultural relics, and grew specially to study the Buddhist scriptures hole ancient book and Dunhuang art discipline - Dunhuang studies. But since Mogao Caves receive many people in the modern times for the damage, the cultural relic massively drain, its integrity was seriously destroyed. In 1961, Mogao Caves are announced by the People's Republic of China State Council one of for first batch of national key cultural relic preservation organs. In 1987, Mogao Caves are listed as the world culture inheritance.




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