Do you remember Paul's photo from Vardzia (Georgia) The vertical town ? I hope to see Vardzia next week but I have in my archive the photo of similar view in distant place.
The Longmen Grottoes are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. They are located 12 kilometres south of present day Luòyáng in Hénán province, China. The images, many once painted, were carved into caves excavated from the limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmenshan mountains, running east and west.
There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch to 17 m in height.
Situated in a scenic natural environment, the caves were dug from a 1 kilometre stretch of cliff running along both banks of the river. 30% date from the Northern Wei Dynasty and 60% from the Tang, caves from other periods accounting for less than 10% of the total.
It is a fascinating place and I have been sure there are many photo from there on TE. I am very surprised that there so few photo from Luoyang.
I wanted to show here the similarity with Vardzia, so I posted this one as the main photo and not general view or
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jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-24 3:05
ale ciekawostka igdy o nim nie slyszalem dobrze ze jest TE,pozdrawiam
snunney (99000) 2014-03-24 3:26
A superb capture of this fascinating place. I like very much the upward point of view and the repeating motifs offered by the niches. The vegetation offers some pleasant splashes of colour against the grey stone. Excellent rendering of the textural detail in the rock.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-24 4:02
per apprezzare a fondo la tua opera bisogna guardarla in maniera più approfondita nella versione più ampia anzichè nella miniatura.
Appare in tutta la sua evidenza l'ottima risoluzione, la ricchezza di dettagli, l'ottimo contrasto e anche la particolarità del soggetto.
Ciao e buona settimana
Sergiom (79601) 2014-03-24 4:46
Tout simplement superbes toutes ces maisons troglodytiques empilées les unes sur les autres. J'imagine que les plus désirables étaient les plus hautes, car tout ce qui monte doit redescendre.
photoray (13981) 2014-03-24 8:28
Eye catching scene of Longmen Grottoes, and without seeing the statues, the arch openings are grandiose within themselves. A spectacular creation by ancient humans combining art with Nature.
Reminds me of our classical American Southwest 'cliff dwellings' which I always enjoy visiting.
Thanks for sharing,
rychem (36001) 2014-03-24 9:33
Jest to rzeczywiscie ewenement, podziwiam wysilek tych ludzi, ktorsy to zrobili, swietnie pokazane miejsce
holmertz (52694) 2014-03-24 9:36
This is a set of three quite amazing photos, all of them interesting and good enough for a regular upload. You have a lot of fine photos remaining among the tens of thousands in your computer from just the last ten years or so. This is a straightforward shot but still nicely composed and with good colours.
UlfE (14641) 2014-03-24 11:52
Perhaps not the best weather when you took this photo. However the even light and the absence of shadows were an advantage here. You could actually see every detail of the rocks, theexcavations in the rock and the artworks inside. TFS and have a fine week!
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-24 12:10
this is such a superb view of the ancient caves that have so many centuries of history behind them. The colours and textures of the rocks are brought out in excellent clarity. The mysterious cave openings arranged in a fascinating composition that is mysterious and inviting at the same time. Fine depiction of rock cut Buddhist art. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
macjake (67752) 2014-03-24 14:20
so are you going away again, another trip? where are you off to this time?
its always interesting to see these places, they invoke so many questions and contain a sense of wonder.
i take it there are selective caves that people can go into and look around?
excellent post for TE!
carlo62 (48239) 2014-03-24 15:13
ai tirato fuori un asso dalla manica....
Un luogo che non conoscevo e di grande valore, hai fatto un gran bel lavoro, le foto sono fantastiche.
La panoramica è quella che mi piace di più, si riesce ad apprezzare il luogo nel suo complesso, le persone presenti lo fanno apparire enorme.
PS qui continua a piovere...
jcpix (13930) 2014-03-24 17:20
Before I read your note, this had instantly reminded me of Pauls pictures...i thought maybe you had already begun your trip. :) Different location, and just as fascinating to see these carved from the side of a mountain. This upwards perspective makes it appear a bit like a honeycomb. I like the splashes of green color from the trees, contrasting nicely against the earthy tones. I mean no disrespect to the culture and history, but this face would make for great target practice...how good is your aim to hit the open spaces from a distance? Must have been a neat experience, and you've collected a fine picture in memory! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-24 23:43
Ce temple troglodyte est vraiment très curieux et original. La vue générale du WS est également très intéressante pour en présenter l'ensemble.
PaulVDV (29017) 2014-03-25 11:10
WOW! This is amazing! Much bigger than Vardzia.
I like this view upwards very much and also the general view.
Now I remember that before my first journey to China I thought to visit this place, but ultimately I didn't ...
I read about Luoyang in my guidebook but that was in the time before internet. So I had never seen a picture of it.
Looking at these pictures, I surely wish to visit such a fantastic place. I hope you won't get disapponted in Vardzia.
This is absolutely impressive!
Best regards, Paul
fritzi007 (10715) 2014-03-25 12:42
nette Wohngelegenheit, aber es sind nicht die einzigen, die in Höhlen wohnen, das es das in China gibt habe ich nicht gewusst!
ChrisJ (113951) 2014-03-25 13:32
'Longmen' in English translates as 'Dragon Gate'. There are a few 'longmens' scattered around China. The vertical stacking of the grottoes here is amazing. Good sharpness and nice repetition of patterns and shapes. The 3 splashes of green add some welcome colour. Tfs!
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-25 14:21
The similarities between yours and Paul's really are striking, Malgo. The variety and creativity of human dwellings never ceases to amaze me, and this is a perfect example. Thanks for showing it here!
mcmtanyel (22596) 2014-03-25 19:28
The POV brings out the splendor of the place. Great composition, light and color management. Nice, informative note. Congratulations & TFS!
PS. Yes, they were Polish priests' garbs.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-26 3:32
niesamowite sa te twory ludzkiej pracy i wyobrazni. Kto by przypuszczal ze w skale mozna wybudowacpraktycznie cale osiedle mieszkalne. Fajnie, ze w tej kompozycji znalazlo sie takze miejsce na pare zielonych akcentow, ktore zdecydowanie ozywiaja calosc.
Niezwykle miejsce i ciekawie przedstawione.
kasianowak (8909) 2014-03-26 14:08
Fascynujace miejsce i ciekawe, niemal surrealistyczne zdjecie na pograniczu abstrakcji. Rowniez super ciekawa notka. Az trudno uwierzyc, ze w jednym miejscu moze byc az tyle tych jaskin.
drweizy (540) 2014-04-24 3:35
very good shot, thank you
ikeharel (71365) 2014-09-11 7:09
Good evening Malgo,
Most impressive dweligs style, and well shown in details.
It's an amzing ancient-wisdom of carving onto the rocks, "building" skills of oldf era.
Pic. sharp and distinct.
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (97565)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-05
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-24 2:44