Monday, June 24, 2019

Rock cut architecture and sculptures

Dharmaraja Mandapa, Mahabalipuram

The simple, even ascetic Dharmaraja Mandapa is somewhat less noticed rock-cut temple in Mahabalipuram. This temple is located near the Olakkannesvara Temple and an interesting,...

Antakya Church of Saint Peter (cave church)

One of the many candidates for the title of the oldest church in the world is a modest cave church in Turkey. Antakya Church...

Coober Pedy dugouts

The best opals in the world are mined in the central part of South Australia. For some 100 years here exists Coober Pedy -...

Monte Brasil “Phoenician sanctuaries”

There are several small rock-cut chambers - so called Monte Brasil "Phoenician sanctuaries" - near the beautiful Renaissance town Angra do Heroísmo. Their origin...

Petra

There are hundreds of magnificent ancient cities around the world but none is similar to Petra. This amazing city was developed by Nabateans in...

Great Sphinx of Giza

No one knows for sure why and when was built the largest monolithic statue in the world - the Great Sphinx of Giza. But...

Aramu Muru – the mystical portal

Some see here just an unfinished work of ancient stone masons. But many local legends tell something else - Aramu Muru is seen as...

10 most amazing ancient rock-cut temples in India

The historical rock cut architecture of India is of unprecedented richness and variety. Several of rock-cut temples in India belong to the most amazing...

Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram

Pancha Rathas are some of the most surprising structures not only in Mahabalipuram but in the whole Southern India. This group of ornate, monolithic...

Masroor Rock Cut Temples (Masrur Temples)

Undeservedly little known wonder of Himalayas is an amazing temple complex - Masroor Temples. Surprisingly little is known about these unique structures, hewn more...