The Land­mark of Mo­gao Cave

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

The nine-story fa­cade built in the mid­dle of the cliff side, with its top level with the tip of the cliff face, is the most iconic and tallest struc­ture of Mo­gao Caves. Stand­ing at ap­prox­i­mately 33 me­ters high, the mag­nif­i­cent red­dish­brown wooden outer struc­ture was built to house a colos­sal statue of Bud­dha Maitreya (the Bud­dhist Mes­siah) made of clay stucco over a sand­stone frame which mea­sures 35.6 me­tres high, mak­ing it China’s third largest seated Bud­dha statue.

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